“Drinking vinegar” is the hip new term for “shrub,” a colonial-era, well, drinking vinegar. Like other old-timey drinks, you’ve probably noticed shrubs popping up on fancy cocktail menus over the last few years. According to the Food Lover’s Companion, “Colonial-day shrubs were spiked with liquor (usually brandy or rum) but today fruit juice, sugar and vinegar drinks are usually nonalcoholic. Shrubs are served over ice, with or without soda water.” This seasonal shrub is made with fresh rhubarb, strawberries, sugar, and white balsamic vinegar. We recommend serving it over ice with club soda and/or rye whiskey.
Emily Farris and Jeff Akin
Emily Farris and Jeff Akin are the co-founders of Feed Me Creative, a former culinary creative agency in Kansas City, MO.