Shrub – Is derived from the Persian (sharāb, “wine”) and Arabic word sharāb meaning "to drink". The same words have also given English the words syrup and sherbet.
Vinegar ‘drinks’ have been popular around the world, throughout history. Yet drinking vinegars, Shrubs or Switchels were so popular in colonial America that the beverage is considered to be ‘American’.
Enjoyed around the country, Shrubs were considered to be the ideal refreshing, non-alcoholic drink. For farmers, Shrubs were seen as the ‘extra benefit’ of preserving their fruit. They added vinegar to the fruit along with sugar (or honey) and it made the fruit palatable for longer periods. This vinegar based sweetened fruit was called a Shrub. They poured off any excess liquid and mixed it with water for a refreshing beverage that was also called a Shrub. With the introduction of refrigeration Shrubs became less common. By the end of the 1800’s this method of preserving was virtually lost.
Fast forward to the 21st century and Shrubs have found new popularity. Artisan bartenders and restaurateurs have rediscovered this refreshing ingredient and drink and are finding new great ways to use them. And these drink sensations have now spread from the US to Canada, Australia and London.
Shrubs are the ideal ingredient to add flavour to cocktails and even mocktails and punches. Currong Comestibles Apple Cider Vinegar base gives Shrubs the perfect taste to work with savoury dishes also.
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