lemon ginger shrub

lemon ginger shrub

A lemon ginger shrub isn’t some sort of bush, it’s actually a vinegared syrup used with spirits, water, or carbonated water. Add this to your mocktail repertoire, or use it as an interesting twist when mixing a cocktail. Shrubs are made from a a wide variety of fruit juices and of had their start in American Colonial days. You could substitute Prosecco for the club soda or add a shot of Bourbon to push this into the cocktail category.

lemon ginger shrub

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Serves: Makes 2½ cups syrup

Ingredients

  • ½ cup fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
  • 2 quarts club soda

Instructions

1

Lemon ginger shrub:

2

Heat the peeled ginger slices and the cider vinegar in a small saucepan until the vinegar begins to simmer at the edges of the pan.

3

Remove from heat and pour the contents into heatproof glass container. Let it cool completely, then cover it with plastic wrap or a lid and let it sit for 24 hours at room temperature.

4

Strain the liquid without pressing the ginger for 5 minutes. Your liquid yield should be about 1 cup.

5

Discard the ginger and pour the liquid into a small saucepan. Add the lemon juice and sugar. Stir over high heat until it comes to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 2-3 minutes.

6

Cool completely. Pour into a glass jar and cover. Refrigerate for up to 2 months.

7

mocktail:

8

Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour 1½ shots of lemon ginger shrub into the glass and top with club soda. Stir to blend the syrup and soda.

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