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Blackberry Shrub {Sipping Vinegar}

Blackberry Shrub {Sipping Vinegar}

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}

ingredients:

2 cups blackberries
2 cups sugar
2 cups apple cider vinegar

Blackberry Shrub - Sipping Vinegar

directions:

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.

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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.

Blackberry Shrub - Sipping Vinegar

Blackberry Shrub {Sipping Vinegar}

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Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar

Instructions
 

  • 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.
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