This shrub pairs beautifully with on-trend aged gin. It's a great way to use up seasonal fruit; and in particular bruised or on-the-edge fruit that otherwise might go bad. Vinegar must have at least 5 percent acidity, but otherwise, you can use whatever vinegar you like. White, brown or raw sugar may be used. Watch Feast TV host Cat Neville make this recipe from start to finish in our Spirits episode.
Aged Gin Cocktail With Berry-Thyme-Pepper Shrub
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup white wine vinegar
- ½ cup blueberries
- 1 bunch thyme
- 1 Tbsp black peppercorns
Blue Gin Cocktail
- 1.5 oz aged gin
- 5 oz berry-thyme-pepper shrub (recipe follows)
- Squeeze of honey
- Sparkling wine
| Preparation - Berry-Thyme-Pepper Shrub | Mix 1 cup brown sugar and 1 cup white wine vinegar in a pot over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved.
Add blueberries, thyme and peppercorns and simmer. Cool and strain through cheesecloth.
| Preparation - Blue Gin Cocktail | Add gin, blueberry-pepper-shrub and squeeze of honey to a cocktail shaker filled with ice; shake. Top with sparkling wine.