How to Make a Refreshing Homemade Strawberry Shrub

In celebration of our upcoming Independence Day here in the United States, I want to wish you all a very happy 4th of July. And I thought it would be fun to go back to the colonial days of the 1700s and share a recipe with you for a beverage that may have been enjoyed by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin. So let's go. Today I'm going to share with you how to make a shrub, specifically a strawberry shrub. It's an old-fashioned probiotic-rich drinking vinegar that actually tastes good.

What is a Shrub.

A shrub is a wonderful beverage to have on hand any time of year, but it's especially nice to have during the summer because it's a terrific thirst quencher and it was commonly used as such in the 18th century. A shrub in many ways is a forerunner of what we think today of as energy drinks. But the nice thing about a homemade shrub compared to modern-day energy drinks is that we don't have to worry about artificial colors or artificial ingredients and so on and so forth. We've just got three ingredients and they're all natural.

Ingredients and Preparation

Now, what you need to remember when you make a shrub is that it's one part, one part, one part. And so today, I'm just going to use a quart size jar, so I'm just going to use one cup of each ingredient, but you can double this, triple this, do whatever you want. You can make a big gallon of it. And the three ingredients that you're going to need are some fresh fruit, some apple cider vinegar, and honey.

This couldn't be easier to make. All we're going to do is take our fruit and put it in the bottom of our jar. Then we're going to smash up the fruit using a krautpounder or a wooden spoon. Next, we add one cup of honey and one cup of raw apple cider vinegar to the jar. Give it a good stir, put a lid on the jar, and shake it well. Let the jar sit in the refrigerator for a few days to let the flavors meld.

Serving the Shrub

After the shrub has sat in the refrigerator, strain it into another container to remove the fruit pulp. Don't discard the fruit pulp, as it can be used in yogurt or oatmeal. To serve the shrub, fill a glass with ice and pour about 1/4 cup of the shrub over the ice. Add plain filtered water or sparkling water to the glass and stir. You can also add additional ingredients such as fresh ginger or mint to customize the flavor of the shrub.


Making your own homemade shrub is a delightful way to enjoy a refreshing and probiotic-rich beverage. It's a healthier alternative to store-bought energy drinks and sodas, as it only contains natural ingredients. Whether you're hosting a party or simply want a non-alcoholic option, give this homemade strawberry shrub a try. It's delicious, easy to make, and perfect for any occasion.

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