Apricot-Ginger Shrub 3.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Spirits Jul 2, 2014

Shrubs were a colonial-era means of preserving fresh produce, typically using vinegar but sometimes a spirit such as rum. Vinegar-based shrubs can provide a delicious and refreshing nonalcoholic drink option for summer; they can also be mixed with spirits and sparkling wine for lower-alcohol cocktails.

This tart shrub can be mixed with water or club soda for a nonalcoholic summer drink (2 ounces of shrub for every 4 ounces of water or soda). But it also plays well with bourbon and vodka. Fresh mint makes for a contrasting aromatic garnish.

Make Ahead: The fruit mixture needs to macerate in the refrigerator for 4 to 7 days. The shrub can be refrigerated or kept at a cool room temperature for 6 months.

3 cups

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Tested size: 3 cups

  • 2 cups fresh apricots, peeled, pitted and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon peeled, minced fresh ginger root
  • 2 cups white wine vinegar
  • 3/4 to 1 1/2 cups sugar


Combine the chopped apricots, cardamom, ginger, white wine vinegar and sugar (to taste) in a mixing bowl, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 to 7 days, stirring occasionally. Taste for flavor; add sugar as needed.

Press the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer placed over a bowl or through a colander lined with cheesecloth seated over a bowl. Discard the solids.

Transfer the resulting liquid to a bottle large enough to hold 3 cups. Seal and refrigerate. Shake before using.

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From Spirits columnist M. Carrie Allan.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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