By Paige Rhodes
Shrub cocktails are having a bit of a moment right now, and for good reason. The tangy yet sweet flavor is a refreshing way to welcome summer’s warm and humid weather. If you’re unfamiliar, shrubs are a vinegar-based drink mixed with fruit syrup and often, liquor. If you’ve never tried them, what better way to experiment than with the seasonal gems of summer — strawberry and rhubarb? Make a trip to the farmers market to stock up on the goods, because you’re going to be drinking this cocktail all summer long.
Strawberry Rhubarb Summer Shrub Cocktails
Yield: 6 cocktails
4 cups rhubarb slices, sliced into 1-inch pieces
½ cup sugar
2 tbsp water
1 16-ounce package frozen sliced sweetened strawberries, thawed
1 cup apple cider vinegar
Gin and club soda for serving
Combine strawberries, rhubarb, sugar, and water in heavy, medium saucepan. Bring just to boil. Reduce heat, cover, and cook until fruit is tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve.
Discard the fruit solids (better yet, spoon them on top of ice cream) and add vinegar to the remaining juices. Cover and refrigerate the mixture overnight.
To make the cocktail, mix 1½ ounces of gin and 2¼ ounces of strawberry-rhubarb shrub syrup in an 8-ounce glass filled with ice. Top with club soda.
What is your favorite summer cocktail? Will you be trying any new drink recipes? You can find more cocktail recipes from Paige Rhodes here.