A Gingerberry Shrub - Becca Piastrelli

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creative gal!

You’ve landed on a post I wrote a few years ago -
back when I was known as The Dabblist and was exploring all sorts of ways I could create beautiful things with my hands. It was a powerful time for me — awakening my creativity after suppressing it for so long — but this space has since evolved to reflect the woman I’m becoming.

shrub ingredients

I have just discovered the magic that is a shrub. Historically, vinegar was used to preserve fruit for refreshing drinks in the hot summer months. It is basically a preserved fruit syrup to add to cocktails.

jar of blueberries

So how 'bouts we combine the beauty of summer's bounty (blueberries!) with the power of ginger to make a Gingerberry Shrub?

muddling berries


1 basket of Blueberries

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp fresh ginger, finely grated

making blueberry shrub

Combine blueberries and sugar in a jar, and muddle together in a sweet mushy mess. Add in your cup of apple cider vinegar and swirl around to combine with blueberry-sugar mixture.

grating ginger

Grate your ginger into the jar (as much or as little as you please!) and screw the top on. Shake it out to try to dissolve the sugar as much as possible.

shrub in a jar

Place in the fridge, and try to forget about it for 1-2 weeks. The longer the fruit steeps in the fridge, the more the flavor will improve.

Once you can't stand it anymore, take the jar out of the fridge and strain out all the pulp through a mesh sieve or cheese cloth. Keep your shrub in the fridge to impress with your next cocktail. I personally plan on adding a little vodka and soda water to this bad boy.

gingerberry shrub for cocktails

Inspired by The Best Remedy and Food in Jars

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