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What is a Fruit Shrub?

Historically, the beverage called a shrub was created using fruit, sugar, and alcohol such as brandy or rum. It was a way to preserve fruit to drink. It was fermented, strained, and served over ice with water or soda water.

Today, a shrub is made with vinegar instead of alcohol and fermented. Spices or herbs may be added. The fruit is strained out and vinegar such as apple cider, balsamic, sherry, or red wine vinegar is added.

Want to try it? A non-alcoholic recipe can be found at—ball-recipes-br3531.html.


About Karen Blakeslee

The Rapid Response Center was formed in 1995 as a resource for Kansas State University Research & Extension Agents. Resource topics included Food Science, Human Nutrition, Food Service, Textiles, Home Care and other consumer topics. Since that time, the Center has grown to be of valuable assistance to Kansas State University Extension Specialists in those areas.

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