Sunday, 8 January 2012

Shrubbing

A recent post from Domestic Sluttery introduced me to the intriguing world of shrubbing. What on earth is shrubbing? Essentially, it's a way of preserving fruit.

You take some fruit (I chose raspberries) and add vinegar. Let them soak for a few days.


Strain the fruit and cook with some sugar.


Pour the finished mixture into a jar or bottle and it's ready to drink!


Raspberry Shrub
Adapted from Domestic Sluttery.

350 grams raspberries
350 ml cider vinegar
300 grams sugar

Wash the raspberries and pat dry. Place them into a bowl and pour over the vinegar. Feel free to crush the raspberries a little.
Cover and place in the fridge for about 4-5 days.
Strain the raspberry-vinegar mixture into a saucepan. Use a spoon to mash the fruit to ensure that you get out as much juice as possible.
Add the sugar and bring to the boil. Leave it to simmer for about 5 minutes.
Now is the time to test the sweetness of your shrub - allow 3 tablespoons of the mixture to cool and follow the 'to serve' instructions below. If the mixture is still a little tart, add some more sugar.
Allow the mixture to cool and then decant into some pretty bottles (or in my case a not-very-pretty-jar) and store in the fridge.

To serve: Fill a tumbler with ice and sparkling water. Add about 3 tablespoons of shrub, stir and drink!

I'm sure that it will also make an excellent cocktail base, but as yet I haven't had a chance to experiment.

3 comments:

  1. I wonder how this would go with sloe gin/vodka? My 2011 vintage of both should be ready for quality control this weekend if you're keen to give it a shot (pun intended!). :-)

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  2. good idea for leftover fruit - how long will it last in the fridge?

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    1. Apparently it keeps indefinitely.

      The batch that I made before Christmas still looks/smells/tastes just like it did the day I made it.

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