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Shrub Hub, rye cocktail

We had some strawberry shrub left over from making the Strawberry Sparkle. Actually, we have a lot of shrub still in the fridge. You can never have too much shrub, apparently. The rosemary provides an intriguing herbal note to this take on an Old-Fashioned. Shrub Hub 2 ounces rye 1/4 ounce strawberry shrub Short sprig of rosemary Gently muddle the rosemary and shrub in an Old-Fashioned glass. Add several ice cubes and the rye. Stir to combine….

 

Strawberry sparkle, shrub cocktail

Here’s a nice brunch or pre-dinner sparkling cocktail. It is our first recipe using a home-made Strawberry Shrub. The key to this drink is making sure the glass, shrub and sparkling wine or champagne are cold. Pouring the sparkling wine slowly prevents it from foaming over the top of the glass. Strawberry Sparkle 1/2 ounce strawberry shrub Chilled sparkling wine Pour the shrub into a chilled champagne flute. Lift and tilt the glass and…

 

As lovely as a shrub

The shrub is back. What is a shrub? It is, in the simplest terms, a fruit infused mixture of vinegar and sugar; an acidulated syrup with the potential to transform an ordinary cocktail into extraordinary. Historically, shrubs in Colonial America were a way of preserving fruit and mixing the flavored syrup with water or soda water to make a pleasant drink. Shrubs, in England, usually referred to rum or brandy cooked with fruit, strained and…

 

A shrub by any name

Here is another approach to making a shrub, a recipe with a slightly sweeter and fruitier profile than our strawberry shrub. This recipe, used in the Orange Tree Old Fashioned, is from Steven Gellett, keeper of the bar at The Orange Tree in Richmond, England, a public house, 13-room hotel, and haven to rugby fans. Orange, Ginger and Cabernet Sauvignon Vinegar 2 pounds Valencia oranges, peeled and quartered 2 cups water 2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon…

 

Strawberry Dimple, gin cocktail

What is a dimple? It is a miniature version of a martini served straight up in a shooter glass. This doesn’t mean the drink belongs in the college drinking game category. The name is too silly for that. It works well as an aperitif and as an after dinner drink. This cocktails calls for a strawberry shrub. We used the new artisan gin from Dripping Springs. Strawberry Dimple 1 ounce dry gin ¼ ounce strawberry shrub Place the shooter glasses in…

 

London S2, tequila cocktail

We hit the ground running for London Cocktail Week yesterday by doing a short-cut black currant and rosemary shrub to flavor this beautifully purple-hued drink. Then it was off to the Tower of London for a glimpse of the World War I memorial honoring the British dead of the battles fought between 1914 and 1918. This art work in progress, to last through the year, involves the the “planting” of ceramic red poppies, one for each of…

 

Red Snapper, whiskey cocktail

Just can’t seem to shake off the use of shrubs in recent recipes. Probably because we made too many; let this be a warning to all. If you use our shrub recipe, you may want to halve the ingredients. The shrub in this drink provides a fruit balance, cranberry juice gives this color and tartness, and Chartreuse provides a low, but noticeable peppery kick. Red Snapper 1 1/2 ounces whiskey 1/2 ounce strawberry shrub 1/2 ounce 100 percent…

 

Orange Tree Old Fashioned, bourbon cocktail

We are grateful to Steven Gellett of The Orange Tree, a pub and hotel in Richmond, England, a community to the west of London. He also shared his recipe for the Orange Ginger Shrub used in the drink. A bourbon aficionado, Gellett favors Maker’s Mark for this recipe. Maker’s uses water from its own “Bourbon Lake,” adding a rich calcium tone to finished sour mash spirit. Orange Tree Old Fashioned 2 maraschino cherries 1…

 

Florious, gin cocktail

This is a slight adaption of the Flora Dora cocktail recipe on the Hendrick’s Gin site, which, it appears, also features all the graphic bits leftover from “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” Hendrick’s Gin, distilled in Scotland, is noted for its rose petal and cucumber flavorings. We’ve replaced raspberry syrup with a raspberry shrub and the ginger beer with a quality ginger ale. Florious 2 ounces gin 1 ounce…

 

Razzamatazz, vodka cocktail

Stand at a crossroad long enough and you’ll meet everybody you know. This drink creates a four-way intersection with our Martini Monday category, an original recipe, the use of a shrub, and the 1876 vodka from Drippings Springs, Texas. Razzamatazz 2 ounces vodka 1/2 ounce raspberry shrub 4 mint leaves Place a cocktail glass in the freezer while you make the drink. Place all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes….

 

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