This post will share the recipe for Meyer Lemon Champagne Shrub and the best Moscow Muled Copper Mugs in which to serve it. You’ll learn a little about how easy shrubs are to make and why you need to have this recipe in a mason jar in your fridge all summer long.
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What the heck is a shrub?
Shrubs were popularized during the Prohibition era when hostesses had no alcohol, little money, a little fruit and sugar, and wanted to create a refreshing drink for guests. You can learn how to create a shrub out of nearly any quantity or type of fruit in my Free Shrub Making Email Course. Sign up and I’ll send you a few simple email lessons right to your inbox.
Shrubs are essentially a sweet tart syrup made from fruit, sweetener and vinegar. They are NO COOK, and are concentrated so you’d only use a tablespoon or two in a glass with sparkling water.
Be sure to read after the recipe to check out my favorite mugs!
Meyer Lemon Champagne Shrub Recipe
3 Meyer lemons, scrubbed clean
1 cup (or 1 gourmet bottle of 6 ounces) champagne vinegar*
1 cup sugar
*if this cannot be sourced, use the lightest tasting vinegar you can find; try a white wine vinegar or a rice wine vinegar but remember the champagne vinegar is really delicious.
Let shrub rest on the countertop for 3 days. Shake or stir daily.
Strain the shrub into a clean jar and store in the refrigerator.
Moscow Mules are all the rage and for good reason. They are a refreshing, delicious cocktail served in a completely unique mug. These copper beauties are distinctive, insulative, and beautiful. When Jessica of Moscow Muled taught me about her company’s mugs, I realized how important the quality of the mug really is.
Moscow Muled Copper Mugs are lined with nickel, which I think is a very important distinction. Normally, drinks of all kinds have acid (read my blog post about acid here) which would corrode the copper and thus cause copper to leech into your drink. It also causes the mug to break down over time, making them not as long lasting. Moscow Muled Copper Mugs are lined in food-safe nickel, meaning no copper will leech into your drink and they’ll remain in beautiful shape for years to come. The nickel lining also looks really sharp, I think.
Copper not only conducts electricity, but it’s also an excellent insulator. These copper mugs keep your drink- or dessert- really cold for longer.
To clean these copper mugs, you’d skip the dishwasher. Instead they are best cleaned with a slice of lemon and some sea salt. This will keep them looking their best and prevent pitting of the metal.
The copper mugs will develop a gorgeous patina, as copper does, and you’ll have the nickel lining still shining bright on the inside, protecting you from leeched copper.
Their copper mugs aren’t just for Moscow Mules. They are ideal for parfait-style desserts that depend on dairy remaining really cold to hold their shape.
The Meyer Lemon Champagne Shrub Mocktail
Add 2 tablespoons Meyer Lemon Champagne Shrub to a chilled Moscow Muled Copper Mug. Top with sparkling water (I love this kind because they are a beautiful color, the glass is recyclable, and they stay cold when chilled) and cheers!