Blackberry Shrub

Eleanor King

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Makes 12 servings

3 cups blackberries, washed

¼ cup sugar

1 cup apple cider vinegar

Shrubs are a traditional vinegar drink commonly consumed during colonial America. Typically, shrubs are added to seltzers, alcoholic beverages, salad dressings, and other drinks to add a bright, tart flavor. Traditional shrubs typically used equal amounts fruit, sugar, and vinegar as a means of preserving the fruit. While there are many versions of shrubs with a variety of fruits, our recipe cuts back on the sugar for a healthier take on this traditional beverage.


1. In a large sealable container, add three cups of blackberries and sugar. Muddle until well crushed and mixed. Let sit for 12 hours, stirring or shaking occasionally.

2. Add apple cider vinegar and mix. Let sit for at least 24 hours before straining through a fine mesh strainer before serving.

3. Keep refrigerated for up to two weeks.