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Naturally Sweetened Strawberry Mint Shrub + A Giveaway!


  • Author: Nyssa Tanner
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/2 cups shrub

Description

This naturally sweetened strawberry mint shrub is made with juicy seasonal strawberries, fresh mint, white balsamic vinegar, and honey! It’s a brilliant bright and tart base for refreshing drinks that you’ll enjoy all summer long.


Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh strawberries 
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint + more for garnish 
  • 1 cup honey 
  • 1 cup white balsamic vinegar 

Instructions

  1. Wash and cut strawberries in half. 
  2. Add to a medium sized pot with vinegar and honey and bring to a simmer.
  3. Simmer for about 10 minutes, until strawberries are start to soften and turn a darker shade of red.
  4. Mash strawberries slightly with the back of a wooden spoon. A potato masher also works really well for this step! 
  5. Set aside until cool enough to handle, and transfer to a heat proof jar. Add fresh mint, and stir to make sure it is completely submerged. Let cool completely on the counter and then move to the refrigerator. 
  6. Let sit in the refrigerator for about 10-12 hours or overnight before straining through a fine mesh strainer. 
  7. Store in the refrigerator for up to a month! Although if any signs up mold or discoloration occur throw it away and make a new batch.

Notes

Non-alcoholic serving suggestions:

  • Make a drink by adding a squeeze of fresh orange juice and an orange wheel to a glass along with a few fresh mint leaves and some fresh strawberries. Start with about 1 tablespoon of the shrub and add more to taste. Top with soda water and serve!

Cocktail serving suggestions:

  • Substitute simple syrup with this strawberry mint shrub in a classic eggwhite gin sour! Reduce the lemon juice slightly because the shrub is already quite tart. SO GOOD!
  • Mix a tiny splash with gin or vodka, soda water, and a big squeeze of lime. Refreshing and the perfect summer drink.

Other ideas for using your shrub:

  • Mix a teaspoon or two into a homemade salad dressing in place of whatever acid you would normally use (vinegar/lemon juice, etc)