If the sun is burning down from the sky I like to go ‘shrubbing’ regularly. No, no, I don’t mean I’m polishing my kitchen floor to a high gloss finish. Quite the opposite actually: I’m lazily hanging out on a lounge chair, with a refreshing shrub. If all you can picture now are question marks, no need to worry. Here is the explanation.
A shrub is a fruit syrup on the basis of vinegar and often synonymous with the mixed – and deliciously sour and fruity – drink. Despite the fact that our ancestors have already preserved fruit in this way, drink vinegars of all kinds have only recently found their ways into the city’s trendy bars.
Do it like the barkeepers and don’t miss out on this treat: After boiling, the shrubs will last in your fridge for at least a month and – mixed with some cold sparkling water – will always be ready to brighten up the end of your day. Shrubs can be made in all kinds of different ways and from every type of fruit. The one that is especially close to my heart is the pomegranate shrub.
This is what you'll need:
For the shrub-syrup3 ripe pomegranates
For the shrub drink
This is how it works:
Everything vinegar? Oh yes!
- Provides vitamin c.
- Has a stronger antibacterial effect than alcohol.
- Conserves food and drink.
- Refines the taste (try the shrub in a salad dressing!)
- Cools and refreshes.
You see: Sour is healthy and can be sooo yummy. So, get the shrub!