This post will share one of my favorite shrub recipes. It uses bold tasting balsamic vinegar with pineapple and rhubarb. It’s great on its own with sparkling water but with tequila, it is over the moon delicious. Read on for the recipe!
Rhubarb is one of my favorite veggies. I love the color, the flavor, and how delicious it is in a pie, crisp, and canned into jam or syrup. It is pretty easy to get 1 3/4 cup chopped rhubarb; even a new gardener can cultivate this amount. It is also available in grocery stores. Just be sure to be careful with the leaves as they are poisonous.
This shrub recipe is absolutely a good one for newbies to try. However, it is a bold shrub, that is strong tasting because of the balsamic vinegar. Remember as you make it, it will be diluted significantly with water and/or spirits. It won’t taste as strong as it smells. Don’t let that make you shy away. I have made a great many shrub recipes and this remains of the very best. One addition I made that was NOT my favorite was with one batch I added pickling spice, which included bay leaves. It wasn’t that good. Stick with the pepper, and the fruit mix, as that really results in a sweet-tart-savory mix that is delicious and oh-so-good with tequila. You don’t have to mix it with tequila of course but if that’s your libation of choice, you are in for a real treat.
Here’s how to make your own Pineapple Rhubarb Balsamic Shrub
Combine the rhubarb, pineapple, sugar, and pepper in the jar. I used my half gallon jar, but a quart would work. After an hour, give the sugar and fruit a stir and screw on the lid.
Let the mixture sit 24 hours. Add the vinegar, stir, and let the shrub sit for about a week on your countertop. Stir (or shake) daily. After 3-4 days, strain through a sieve into a clean jar. Use a cheesecloth if you care about a little sediment. I did not. Discard solids. Store in the refrigerator.
Rhubarb Pineapple Shrub Cocktail
1 part rhubarb pineapple shrub
1 part tequila
2.5 – 3 parts sparkling water
Add the above to a glass full of ice and enjoy. This is over the moon delicious in a weird, spicy-sweet vinegar-y way. The pepper is good in the same way that a Bloody Mary is good in a peppery, savory way.
If you are a mason jar drinker like me, a half pint wide mouth jar accommodates:
¼ cup tequila
½- ¾ cup of sparkling water and several large ice cubes.
That makes a strong and bold tasting drink. You might split it between two jars just to start out. Everything in moderation, Dear Readers 😉
I know some of you are new to me, so I wanted to introduce myself. I’m Jenny, and this blog is where I help beginners craft a more handmade and homemade life. I”m a mom of two young children, and when I’m not crafting or cooking, I’m teaching English.
I really love writing about shrubs and cocktails because they are so different from canning, my first preservation love.
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What do you think, Wildflowers? Weird or divine? What shrubs have you concocted with success? Please share in the comment section below!
I want to inspire you to serve up beautiful, fresh, and easy drinks for you and your loved ones, no matter the occasion or notice. Incorporating some fun techniques into your tool belt can take the event of having company from underwhelmed and uninspired to feeling joyful and bright in no time. I found this gorgeous infographic that shares exactly that 🙂
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