How To Bottle Up Summer

29 Aug 2014, Posted by Melissa Giaime in Blog

From stonefruits, like apricots and plums, to berries blue and black, now is the time to preserve those great summer flavors. Bottle up your favorite fruit and turn it in to a mouth-watering shrub that kids and adults alike can enjoy long after summer is over.

Never had a shrub? A shrub is a syrup made out of fruit, vinegar, and sugar. Add some soda water and a few cubes of ice for a mocktail the kids can enjoy. Lemonade has nothing on you.

Take it up a notch and make an adult version by adding your favorite spirit, like whiskey or rum. Garnish with a mint leaf or a slice of citrus. Who knew you could bartend? So go ahead and pickup some juicy local fruit from Cone & Steiner. Try our shrub recipe while¬†you’re at it.

Strawberry Balsamic Shrubb
2 cup strawberries
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1. In a medium bowl, mash berries with sugar and let it sit for 1.5-2 hours.
2. Strain through a fine sieve into a clean bowl, pressing on the fruit to extract as much liquid as possible.
3. Stir in vinegar and pour in to a bottle or jar to refrigerate. The syrup can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 months.

Shrub Two Ways
mocktail: Combine syrup and ice in a tall glass. Top with soda. Finish with a straw. Add more syrup for some extra sweetness for your little sweetie.
cocktail: Combine rum and syrup in an ice-filled tall glass. Top with club soda and stir gently to combine. Strain ice and pour in to your favorite martini glass. Garnish with mint, a slice of orange, or a wedge of lime. Cheers!

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