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January 31, 2019
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Kiwi Shrub

This is not the kind of shrub you’re thinking of…

Not the green bushy kind that you plant in your yard.

This is the kind of Shrub that has been making a rise in the culinary and mixology realm for a few years now. The method actually dates back to ancient times and includes a sweetened fruit syrup mixed with a tangy vinegar. When combined and melded together, it creates a wonderful mixture to add to your cocktails or to flavor waters and juices.

Sliced kiwi

Kiwi happens to be a favorite in our house, so I decided to try my hand at using them in a Shrub!  

Shrubs do 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 for about a month if kept in the fridge.

 

Start by adding the sugar to the peeled and quartered kiwis.

Start by adding the sugar to the peeled and quartered kiwis.

 

Stir the sugar to coat the kiwis. Cover and place in the fridge for about an hour.

Stir the sugar to coat the kiwis. Cover and place in the fridge for about an hour.

 

After an hour, stir the kiwis again.

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 until the next day.

 

The next day, remove from the fridge and you will see a nice kiwi syrup has been created

The next day, remove from the fridge and you will see a nice kiwi syrup has been created!

 

Strain the syrup into a bowl.

Strain the syrup into a bowl.

 

Strain the syrup into a bowl.

Sweet, sweet kiwi syrup.

 

Pour the syrup into a clean jar or container.

Pour the syrup into a clean jar or container.

 

Pour in the apple cider vinegar.

Pour in the apple cider vinegar.

 

Shake and place in the fridge. Shake vigorously once a day for the next five days.  

Shake and place in the fridge. Shake vigorously once a day for the next five days. Now your shrub is ready to drink!

 

To use in a cocktail, add a dash of the syrup to chilled sparkling wine. Or, mix it with club soda and a splash of your favorite liquor.

If you’re looking to make a kid-friendly beverage, you can create a fun alternative by combining the shrub syrup, carbonated water, and a few leaves of fresh mint.

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Kiwi Shrub

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword kiwi
Prep Time 10 minutes
Author Susan the CA Grown Mom

Ingredients

  • 6 large kiwis, peeled and quartered
  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  • 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!

Notes

Prep time is 10 minutes, but the sitting time is about a week before ready to use, so allow ample time before needed.

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