Along with speakeasies, shrubs are making a big comeback on the local bar scene. I was recently in Ann Arbor, Michigan where I had the pleasure of visiting The Last Word. Featuring an impressive cocktail menu highlighting a slew of signature cocktails and providing original twists on classic recipes, this place was amazing. It would not be hard for anyone to find a favorite drink there.
Shrubs are, at their most basic, a drinking vinegar. The following recipe is a great addition to your home bar especially during this time of year: an apple shrub reflects the autumn season quite deliciously. It pairs with applejack brandy and bourbon for a tasty, tart cocktail that will impress you and your friends.
Also, props to you if you got the Monty Python reference in the title.
Tart Apple Shrub
- 3 granny smith apples, shredded
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
Combine shredded apples, vinegar, and brown sugar in a container with a lid. Stir thoroughly and place in your refrigerator for anywhere from 4-5 days. Stir once a day or so.
By day 5, you should have a wonderful appley concoction. Strain the liquid, using clean hands to press all of the juice from the shredded apple. Place in a jar and keep in the fridge to use in your cocktails.
Once bottled, it pairs well with a variety of liquors. In the mason jar below is a very special concoction the recipe of which I will be posting about next.