Walking in beautiful places and having sweet things refreshes my mind. The beauty of the sunrays was almost as staggering as I strolled around my garden. Following the wet spring, the greenery had outdone itself in greenness and almost everything was in bloom. As I stretched past my lavender spot, soft breeze caressed my skin. I gazed back at the happy lavenders and knew exactly what to do next.
With some digging, I hopped in my workstation with the ingredients I needed and was all set to prepare a ‘drinking shrub’. The term might be new for you but the concept isn’t. Let’s get to know this sweet, tangy heaven and dive into its details. By the end of this post, you’ll get the recipe for the ‘Strawberry Lavender Vodka Twist’’, so stay tuned.
Looks can be deceiving sometimes. Seeing the word shrub doesn’t always mean the bush in your lawn. A fruit-based syrup is when combined with the goodness of organic vinegar, gives birth to shrub.
The trend about shrubs isn’t new. Its popularity dates back to the 16th-18th century when sailors used to drink shrubs to avoid the wrath of scurvy. The word ‘shrub’ is extracted from the Arabic word ‘sharbah’, meaning drink. And drinks have always been a cosmic entity to humans.
In the modern world, shrubs are formulated by making use of every flavor one can imagine. I, at Mayernik Kitchen, use organic vinegar and my very own farm-grown ingredients to provide you shrub brimmed with health benefits.
How to use a Shrub
Getting your hands on the shrub is certainly not the end of the process. You must know how to enjoy this healthy drink. You can combine it with a non-alcoholic spritzer, use it as a cocktail base, or add it to the beverage of your choice.
A good rule of thumb is a tablespoon of shrub for 8 to 12 ounces of the beverage. From there, you can doctor it according to your taste buds and enjoy the bust of healthy fill.
Strawberry Lavender Vodka Twist Recipe
For my newest flavor, I used NJ grown strawberries with my homegrown lavender. We then infused the fruit & flowers in red & white wine vinegar. Once infused, we added sugar and our final product is this tangy, semi-sweet herbal bottle of goodness.
We sure do hope you grab yourself a bottle and create this custom cocktail we’ve created just for you!
Strawberry Lavender Vodka Twist
Mix the first three ingredients in a shaker with some ice. Shake real good and strain into a glass of choice. Add your spring of lavender to infuse the flowers into your cocktail.
Makes 1 drink.
*Can also be made with seltzer instead of alcohol.