Beaverton Farmers Market Vendor Spotlight: The Original Shrub
What is a Shrub?
Fruit and vinegar have been paired together as a refreshing drink in many cultures. In Colonial times, vinegar was used to preserve fruits during peak ripeness to sustain into the off-season. After the fruit was consumed, the remaining vinegar was subtly sweetened with sugar or honey to create a unique elixir for sparkling water or cocktails. The balanced flavors of tart, tangy, sour and sweet awaken the taste buds and provides a refreshing bright component to any beverage.
Why Our Shrub?
We are honoring the past traditions while bringing new twists to the shrub. We select sustainable and/or locally sourced produce during its peak season, hand-crafting in small batches.
Not sure where to start your shrub experience? We recommend 1 oz. of The Original Shrub – Pineapple with 8 oz. of cold sparkling or still water for a start, add more shrub concentrate to build the flavor. This is a healthy alternative to soda; less refined sugars, less calories and the various health benefits of drinking vinegar.
All of our small-batch shrub concentrates pair well with vodka, gin, rum and champagne. Beyond cocktails, our shrubs may be used as a gastrique in cooking, on plain yogurt, and in salad dressings or sauces. – There are endless possibilities!
Herbal shrubs – we have twisted the shrub a bit further by using herbs and spices. Be sure to check back for new flavors.
Remember when using these concentrates there is no “one” recipe. Some days you’ll like a stronger herb or fruit flavor than others, add a small amount and taste – keep adding till you find the perfect balance of sweet/tart satisfying tonic!
Checkout our favorite ways to enjoy shrub!