Summer Shrub Refreshers

A shrub — believed to be derived from the Arabic word “sharāb,” which means “to drink” — is actually a very old drink that people have been imbibing in tonics and cordials for hundreds of years in parts of Asia and Europe for its medicinal properties and ability to promote gut health.

A shrub — believed to be derived from the Arabic word “sharāb,” which means “to drink” — is actually a very old drink that people have been imbibing in tonics and cordials for hundreds of years in parts of Asia and Europe for its medicinal properties and ability to promote gut health.  They were used in colonial America when fruits were preserved in vinegar for storage. You can now get your hands on Shrubs from Manning Canning at Summerhill Market.

The manning canning  shrub is:

–       low in sugar, has zero caffeine or alcohol
–       offers all the health benefits of apple cider vinegar AND cold pressed juice, all in one flavourful shot
–       tastes great as a shot on its own or added by the ounce to water or your Sodastream
–       is inexpensive compared to other health tonics
–       yet has an extended shelf life compared to kombucha or cold pressed juice
–       adds an essential sweet/sour balance to cocktails
–       makes a refreshing and sophisticated non-alcoholic option when entertaining

 

Today, people are moving away from soda, looking for healthy drinks that are not loaded with sugar or caffeine or alcohol. Read below for some of the best cocktails and mock-tails to enjoy your shrub.

 

Ontario Pear & Ginger Shrub 

Pear Sparkler

  • 3 oz Sparking Water
  • 1 oz Ontario Pear & Ginger Shrub
  • Garnish with Candied Ginger

Ginger & Stormy

  • 1 oz Ontario Ginger & Pear Shrub
  • 2 oz Spiced Rum
  • 3 1/2 oz Ginger Beer

Rim your glass with sugar, combine all ingredients over ice and let sit and then strain ice out and pour into glass and enjoy!

Ontario Rhubarb & Vanilla Shrub

Rhubarb Sour

  • 1 1/2 oz Dillon’sGin
  • 1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Ontario Rhubarb &Vanilla Shrub
  • Soda water
  • Garnish with lemon slice

Combine gin, lemon juice and shrub to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Combine ingredients and shake until chilled. Strain over tall glass of your choice. Add soda water and garnish. Serve.

Rhubarb Kir

  • 1 1/2 oz Ontario Rhubarb &Vanilla Shrub
  • Champagne of your choice

Pour shrub into a champagne flute and top with champagne. Serve.

Cucumber & Lime Shrub 

Cucumber Rosemary Gimlet (courtesy of The Ace Restaurant, Toronto)

  • 1oz cuc/lime shrub
  • 2oz Tanqueray Gin
  • 12 fresh Rosemary leaves

Muddle rosemary with shrub, double strain. Add gin and shake w/ice. Serve straight up in chilled glass

garnished w/cucumber ribbon and sprig of rosemary.

Cinco de Mayo Beer Cocktail (courtesy of Eastbound Brewing Co., Toronto)

  • 1/2 oz cucumber lime shrub
  • 3/4 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz tequila
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 5 oz Hidden Lake Hefeweizen beer

Shake first four ingredients over ice. Pour into glass filled with fresh ice & top with Hefeweizen. Garnish  with lime or cucumber slice.

Manning Canning Shrubs are available in the grocery aisle where fermented foods are sold.

Hannah Nastamagos

Hannah Nastamagos

Hannah is the Communications Coordinator at Summerhill Market. She manages the website, newsletter and all social media accounts for Summerhill. You can find her in-store looking for the newest products and #foodiefinds to share with our online community.

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