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Can I interest you in drinking a shrub?
Uh, what? As strange as it sounds, shrubs are a “drinking vinegar” that dates far, far back as a way to preserve fruits. It was most popular in the U.S. during colonial times, but if you are from the Deep South you might know that it never really went out of style.
I came across this yummy, fun drink while I was attending a wedding in Texas earlier this year and decided it would be a perfect recipe for cooling off during the hot days of August. Sometimes shrubs are mixed with alcohol to make a snappy adult beverage, but don’t worry if you have not been able to reintroduce alcohol. This is a perfect mocktail for the AIP set to enjoy at the next BBQ! Refreshing, unique, and no hangover included!
- ½ medium watermelon, cubed, rind removed (approx. 5-6 cups)
- 1 large bunch basil, chopped
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup white balsamic vinegar
- Sparkling mineral water
- Crush and mix melon, basil, and honey in large, glass bowl or jar. Cover tightly and allow to macerate in refrigerator for 2-3 days.
- Pour fruit mixture into blender and process until smooth.
- Strain through cheesecloth to remove seeds and pulp. (You should have approx. 2½-3 cups juice.)
- Mix juice with vinegar.
- Pour ¼-1/2 cup each in bottom of serving glasses, depending on the flavor strength you like.
- Fill glass with ice and add sparkling water to fill.
- Serve and enjoy!