A shrub is a marvelous, fresh old fashioned drink! In colonial times it was there equivalent of a cocktail when made with spirits or a soft drink when made with seltzer water. It is a truly refreshing and oh, so tasty libation! The first time I had a shrub was in Williamsburg Va one Christmas season and I’ve been a fan ever since. This year I am serving a cranberry orange shrub with fresh rosemary while we open gifts on Christmas morning and with our charcuterie board in the afternoon! I hope you will try this delicious festive drink too!
A shrub is made by combining fruit and an effervescent liquid with flavored vinegar and something herbal. So much better than soda and so much better for you!
Let’s make a merry drink!
CHRISTMAS CRANBERRY ORANGE SHRUB WITH FRESH ROSEMARY
A delicious and refreshing libation that can be made with champagne, prosecco or club soda.
- 2 cups fresh cranberries, washed
- 5 oz honey
- 375 ml bottle orange balsamic vinegar
- 2 quarts club soda, prosecco or champagne
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- 2 oranges washed and sliced
- 6 cups ice
In a medium saucepan bring honey and cranberries to a boil, reduce heat and cook for 5 minutes on low stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool (I do this a few days in advance). Store in the refrigerator.
When ready to serve, combine cranberry mixture, orange balsamic vinegar, club soda (or prosecco or champagne), rosemary and orange slices in a large pitcher. Stir well and serve over ice.
Cranberry Orange Shrub will put the MERRY in your Christmas!
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