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! 

You can find Orange Balsamic Vinegar HERE.

Let’s make a merry drink!



A delicious and refreshing libation that can be made with champagne, prosecco or club soda. 
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  • 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.
Author: Yvonne Pratt

Cranberry Orange Shrub will put the MERRY in your Christmas!

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  1. Nancy Moore says:

    Do you need to strain out the cranberries after it has cooked?

  2. Rita C. at Panoply says:

    This is great, Yvonne. Your flavor combination sounds wonderdul! A nice way to enjoy Christmas morning.
    I attended a local farm to table dinner this summer and we had a blueberry shrub aoeritif after dinner, said to have been attributable to Thomas Jefferson. He drank them to soote the stomach after eating eich foods.
    Merry Christmas to you and tour family.

      1. Thank you Yvonne. Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you, Yvonne. It sounds so refreshing. Is the orange balsamic vinegar easy to find? I don’t think I have ever seen it.

    1. There is a store in Lancaster that carries it. It’s called Seasons. Also I’ve seen it on AMAZON.

  4. I am trying to decide how to make this. How do you like this Yvonne? With the club soda or the champagne?

  5. 5 stars
    Yumm. This is the best drink. Thank you for the recipe.

  6. I have never heard of this drink, sounds very interesting, not quite sure about the vinegar though.

  7. Katherine says:

    I’ll be making this and serving it in my shrub glasses fr om Colonial Williamsburg!

  8. 4 stars
    Recipe sounds good with champagne. I will try it out on the family.

  9. Norma Rolader says:

    5 stars
    Excited about this drink since so many options and it does not have to be alcohol since I have an allergy to alcohol Thank you for sharing

  10. Visiting historic Philadelphia, PA, over 30 years ago, and I had my first shrub. I’ve been hooked ever since. Love the recipe you posted; sounds like a great addition to our Christmas morning buffet. Thank you for sharing.

  11. 5 stars
    This drink sounds yummy! I have never heard of a drink called a shrub before. I can’t wait to try this.

  12. I’m going to try your Cranberry Orange Shrub with my sister on Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas Yvonne.

  13. Denise carlson says:

    I have never heard the word shrub in reference to a cocktail interesting sign me up, yummy!

  14. This sounds wonderful! I am a big fan of flavored vinegars and have many but not orange. I do have a cranberry pear one that I mix with a blood orange olive oil for the best vinaigrette! I think I will try this and swap cooking an orange with the honey and use my cranberry pear vinegar! For those that are skeptical, just try it! My favorite desert is pineapple with coconut vinegar poured over. It’s delicious!