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Strawberry Vinegar Shrub Mocktail

Today I will be showing you how to make a shrub, which is a mixture of fruit, sugar, water and vinegar that is either cooked or marinated in the refrigerator to produce a delicious syrup. The syrup is then added to sparkling water to provide a refreshing mocktail to enjoy in the hot summer months.


I like making shrubs for a couple of reasons:

  • Summer provides an abundance of fruit available at low prices and shrubs create another vehicle to enjoy that fruit.


  • Mocktails are an easy way to cut back on alcohol intake without feeling deprived.


  • Shrubs are a combination of added sugar but also contain the naturally occurring sugar in the fruit.  So, you get a sweet taste without a lot of calories.


Why cut down on added sugar and alcohol?  Because an excess of either one is associated with increased risk of numerous diseases. Let’s learn how to make a shrub so you can improve your health while also taking advantage of the incredible fresh & local fruit in abundance this time of year.

Recipe is inspired by FOOD52 — Makes 3 cups, serving size depends on your taste



1-pound fresh strawberries, sliced

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar


  • Combine the water and sugar in a medium size saucepan.

  • Cook and stir over low heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.

  • Add the sliced strawberries and continue to cook until the syrup is a deep red color.

  • Add the vinegars and continue to heat until it simmers then remove from the heat.

  • Strain out the fruit and put the shrub in a glass container and refrigerate.


To make your mocktail, fill a glass with ice and add 1-2 ounces of shrub and fill the glass with sparkling water, stir and garnish with a lime wedge.  You also can try lime flavored sparkling water.


This recipe contains both added sugar and naturally occurring sugar from the berries.  The recommended intake of added sugar is 6 teaspoons a day for women and 9 teaspoons a day for men.

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