Cocktail Testing: Cranberry Shrub
One of my favorite cocktails involves bourbon and strawberry shrub — the refreshing, sweet and tangy mix of fruit, sugar and vinegar. Yes, vinegar! I had an extra bag of cranberries from Thanksgiving and decided to try a similar drink with cranberry shrub. I adapted a few recipes I found to create this ratio:
1 12-ounce bag of cranberries
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
1 T lemon juice
3/4 – 1 cup of red wine vinegar
I brought all the ingredients to a gentle boil, then simmered for about 10-15 minutes until the cranberries popped. Once the mix was cool, I strained it to release all the juices.
In the end, I got one large jar of thick, cranberry syrup.
I tested two versions of the cocktail — one with bourbon, one with vodka — each with equal parts shrub and alcohol and a splash of sparkling water.
The verdict? It was tasty. The bourbon drink was much better than the vodka (I’m not a big vodka drinker) and I still prefer strawberry over cranberry shrub. But, it’s a nice mix to have around when you want a quick cocktail. In fact, it will last in the fridge for a few weeks, so I’ll be enjoying this mix well into the new year.