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A Simple Kiwi Shrub For Drinks
A Simple Kiwi Shrub For Drinks
This is not the kind of shrub that grows in your yard. This is the kind of shrub that has been making a rise in the culinary and mixology realm for years. Fruit-based shrubs for drinks, also known as drinking vinegars are delicious and good for you too!
What is a shrub?
This method of making shrubs for drinks actually dates back to ancient times and includes a sweetened fruit syrup mixed with tangy vinegar. When the ingredients are combined and given a bit of time to meld together, it creates a wonderful sweet/tart mixture to add to cocktails, sparkling water, juices, and even smoothies.
Making shrubs for drinks is easy; the waiting is the hardest part.
Shrubs take about a week before they are ready to use, like a type of fermenting if you will. But once it’s ready, you can continue to use it for about a month, just keep it in the fridge.
Peel and quarter six large, fresh California kiwis.
Add the sugar to a large bowl with the prepared kiwis.
Stir the sugar to coat the kiwis. Cover and place in the fridge for about an hour.
After an hour, stir the kiwis again. As you can see the sugar is already dissolving. Place back in the fridge and don’t touch it until the next day.
The next day, remove the mixture from the fridge. You will notice a nice kiwi syrup has collected in the bowl.
Strain the syrup into a bowl.
Pour the syrup into a clean jar or container with a tight-fitting lid.
Add the apple cider vinegar to the kiwi syrup. Seal tight then shake well and place in the fridge.
Shake vigorously once a day for the next five days.
After the fifth day, the shrub is ready to mix into all sorts of drinks.
Here are the best ways to enjoy this kiwi shrub.
To use this kiwi shrub in a cocktail: Add a dash of the prepared kiwi shrub syrup to chilled sparkling wine from California or, mix it with club soda and a splash of your favorite liquor.
To make a kid-friendly homemade soda: Combine a few tablespoons of the kiwi shrub syrup, carbonated water, and a couple leaves of fresh mint.
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- 6 large kiwis, peeled and quartered
- 2 cups granulated white sugar
- 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
- Add the kiwis to a bowl and pour the sugar over. Stir well to combine. Cover and place in the fridge for an hour.
- After an hour, stir the kiwis again. Cover and place in the fridge for 24 hours.
- The next day, you will see a thick kiwi syrup has been created. Pour through a strainer and pour into a clean glass jar. Add the vinegar, shake vigorously and place in the fridge.
- Over the next five days, shake the shrub for about a minute and place back in the fridge.
- Now your shrub is ready to use!