Contrary to the title, this post isn’t about gardening. It’s about that antique method of preserving fruit: the shrub.
A shrub is a syrup made from fruit, vinegar, and sugar, mixed together in a 1:1:1 ratio. You either heat the ingredients together, or simply mix them all together and let it sit in the fridge for a while. Either way produces a syrup you can add to cocktails or sparkling water.
As my adventures in preserving continue, I thought I’d take advantage of the abundance of local peaches to make a peach ginger shrub. A few years back I was gifted a box of ginger peach tea and I have been in love with the flavor combination ever since.
I chose the cold process for making a shrub, since it meant fewer dishes to wash afterwards.
Peach Ginger Shrub
- 1 1/2-2 peaches peeled and cut into chunks (equals about 1 C.)
- 1 C. sugar
- 1 in. piece of fresh ginger, grated
- 1 C. apple cider vinegar
Step 1: Place the peaches into a jar ( my favorite sized jar, the 1 1/2 pint, works well here) Pour the sugar into the jar and stir everything around.
Step 3: After everything gets juicy, stir again, mashing the peaches against the sides of the jar.
Step 6: Once the sugar has dissolved, strain out the fruit. You can use the leftover fruit in muffins or smoothies, to avoid waste.
Pour into some club soda to taste, or mix into your cocktail of choice!
Here it is with club soda. I like it a little dilute.
Tomorrow night I’m going to try it with rum. Important update: My new favorite cocktail-3 ice cubes, 2 oz. rum (Sailor Jerry is our favorite) 4 oz. club soda and 2 oz. peach ginger shrub. It’s light, refreshing, and summery!
Do you shrub?