I’m on a rhubarb kick right now. Latest rhubarb concoction: the sweet-tart syrup known as shrub.
A shrub – also called a drinking vinegar – is made of vinegar, sugar, and fruit. The shrub is a very old drink, popular during American colonial times. You add the concentrated shrub syrup to water for a very refreshing non-alcoholic summer drink, or incorporate it into cocktails. It’s similar to a lemonade concentrate, but instead of tart citric acid, you’re using sour acetic acid.
My kids love this rhubarb shrub, so even though the whole shrub thing is super trendy with cocktailers, it’s more a soda-alternative in our house. However! There are a lot of legit ways to use shrub syrup in cocktails if that’s your bag.