Blood oranges are arguably the most beautiful citrus fruit, inside and out, and when paired with balsamic vinegar in a sweet-tart shrub they really shine. You may have noticed that I am a huge fan of shrub making and I compiled everything I know into a FREE email course just for my Wildflowers! Get in here!
Blood Orange Balsamic Shrub is the second shrub I have crafted with balsamic vinegar. The other recipes I have shared use apple cider vinegar and that is a much more mild tasting vinegar. Balsamic is bold both in flavor and in color and when added with blood oranges and plain white sugar it creates a strong but delicious shrub. This mixes so, so well with unflavored sparkling water and in a cocktail with bourbon.
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The quantities below are tiny, I admit but when I was trying this out I didn’t want to sacrifice more than one blood orange on a trial shrub. I’m such a produce hoarder. Feel free to increase the quantities. Go on and be crazy and use 2 blood oranges, Wildflowers 😉
1 blood orange, peeled and sections sliced into halves or thirds, that equals about ½ cup.
½ cup white sugar
1 cup good quality balsamic vinegar
Add the fruit to a clean mason jar or another clean glass vessel with a lid.
Add the sugar and if time allows, let the sugar and fruit sit for up to 24 hours. I’d be fibbing if I said I always make time for this and with a juicy fruit like a blood orange it isn’t entirely necessary but it can help a bit pulling the juice from the fruit.
Add the vinegar and perhaps muddle with a wooden spoon and stir to incorporate the sugar.
Lid and let the shrub sit on your counter for up to a week. The flavors will blend and develop into a bold and delicious shrub.
Strain using either a fine mesh sieve, a colander with small holes, or a funnel and a cheesecloth into a clean glass vessel. Store in the refrigerator.
Blood Orange Shrub + Whiskey Cocktail
1 part Blood Orange Balsamic Shrub
1 part whiskey (I like Bulleit Bourbon, as recommended by a dear friend)
3 parts sparkling water
Served nicely in a wide mouth mason jar. What, you don’t have a stash of jars on hand? You can grab some from Amazon by clicking the affiliate photo link below!
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