Wondering what to do with those rapidly over-ripening summer peaches taking up space in your fruit bowl? Make a shrub! Carlene Thomas, our wedding wellness expert, shares her take on this old-timey treat that strikes the perfect balance between sweet and tart.
Regional cocktails are some of my favorites, and if I stumble across a recipe in an old colonial-era cookbook, I’m very intrigued. The shrub is a vinegar-based cocktail with vast opportunities for personalization. Shrubs can be made with anything from celery to cherries and everything in between. While one would assume the cocktail to be biting and pungent, prepare to be surprised. With overnight soaking in muddled peaches, this libation is layered with flavors you’ll love.
Ingredients (makes two)
Peach Shrub base:
1/4 cup of peaches (frozen or fresh)
1 tablespoon of sugar
1/2 cup of white vinegar
1.5 ounces of vodka
Peach shrub base
2 tablespoons of sugar
Soda water (as desired)
Add peaches, sugar, and white vinegar to a container. Muddle the peaches and allow to sit overnight in the fridge. Remove the next day and use a mesh strainer to remove peach fibers. Add the peach shrub base, vodka, and sugar to a cocktail shaker and blend. Pour over ice and garnish with peaches and basil.
Note: If this drink is too strong for your liking (or you’re just not a big vinegar person), top it off with soda water and stir.
Photos and recipe by Carlene Thomas for Limn & Lovely