Blackberry Shrub {Sipping Vinegar}

A few weeks back my daughter and I were watching Kelsey Nixon on the Cooking Channel, and quickly became intrigued by a Blackberry Sipping Vinegar she prepared. This deliciously intense drink, also known as a blackberry shrub or fruit shrub syrup, is essentially a fruit syrup, preserved with vinegar and mixed with water or alcohol to make a tangy, refreshing beverage.

Blackberry Shrub - Sipping Vinegar

After a bit of research I have learned that these drinking vinegars were popular during Colonial America as a way to capture the freshness of seasonal fruits. They seem to be back in vogue on cocktail menus when served with Vodka. Also, served to guest during a meal, these sipping vinegars will aid with digestion. If you have a friend whose dinner parties often leave your belly rumbling, you might want to consider bringing a batch of homemade fruit shrub as a hostess gift. Pretty sneaky!

Blackberry Shrub - Sipping Vinegar

Making a sipping vinegar is a multi-day process, but is rather simple and well worth the effort.

Blackberry Shrub {Sipping Vinegar}


2 cups blackberries
2 cups sugar
2 cups apple cider vinegar

Blackberry Shrub - Sipping Vinegar


Mash the blackberries and sugar together in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 2 days, stirring occasionally.

Add the vinegar to the macerated blackberries and refrigerate for another day.

Press the mixture through a fine mesh strainer, discarding the solids.

Transfer your sipping vinegar to a container and enjoy for weeks to come.

Blackberry Shrub - Sipping Vinegar

This recipe can be made with so many different fruits. I’m sure to be making cherry and cranberry varieties in the very near future.

Shrubs and sipping vinegars can be served in a variety of ways. You can serve them in small glasses to be sipped straight, but my preferred method is to put 1/4 cup of the shrub mixture into a glass and top with ice and club soda. I like to garnish with a couple of fresh berries. You can optionally add a splash or two of Vodka to the glass.

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  1. says

    I have never heard of such a thing but it looks wonderful. I bet it would be great with strawberries also. I am going to have to give this a try.

    I’d imagine if you let it sit long enough you wouldn’t need to add any vodka. the fruit and vinegar would ferment all on its own.

  2. Jo-Ann Brightman says

    This is interesting story and recipe. I hadn’t realized that colonial American used vinegar in this manner. It could be used with all sorts of fruits as well as berries.

  3. M.Clark says

    This looks delicious and I was pleasantly surprised to find out how easy it is to make. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  4. Tammy S says

    The history of the drink is interesting. We love blackberries but I don’t think anyone here would be to excited to try this drink. They like it on the sweeter side.

  5. Janet W. says

    I’m always looking for new drinks to try. This looks delicious! I think I would enjoy the tangy flavor, and my husband would, too!

  6. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says

    i have never heard of this. i bet it also has great health benefits along with the party appeal.

  7. Julie Wood says

    I have heard that drinking Apple Cider vinegar is very healthy! I would drink this drink. I bet the Blackberry vinegar drink tastes delicious! I will have to try it!

  8. says

    I’m not familiar with shrub sipping vinegars, but that drink looks divine!I know how good apple cider vinegar is for you, so I’m going to try this soon!

  9. Kathy Lane says

    I am going to try this recipe!Vinegar is suppose to be good for so many things to improve your health.This would be a great way to get the vinegar you need,and it would be so tasty too.Thank you so much for sharing this!

  10. says

    I would definitely try this. It looks really good. I’ve never tried Apple Cider Vinegar before – but I would give it a try. This recipe with Cranberries sounds good also.

  11. Shannon says

    This is interesting and sounds both healthy and refreshing! Thank you for sharing this with us all and have a lovely day.

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