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Watermelon & Mint Shrub Mocktail

A shrub is a fruit, vinegar and sugar mixture and is used to make alcohol free drinks. This is a perfect way to quench your thirst in the summertime.  The watermelon and mint marry together for a refreshing taste and the vinegar adds a pleasant kick!

Recipe is inspired by Louisa Shafia and FOOD52 — Makes 2 1/2 cups, serving size depends on your taste



1 1/2 cups water

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup honey

3 cups chopped watermelon

1/2 cup packed fresh mint

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

Sparkling water


  • Combine the honey, salt and water in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil and stir until the honey is dissolved.

  • Place the watermelon and mint in a large bowl.  Add the honey-water to the fruit and stir until combined.  Cool to room temperature and add the vinegar.

  • Place the mixture in the refrigerator and store for several hours.

  • Strain the mixture and place the shrub in a glass jar.

To make your mocktail, fill a glass with ice and add 2 ounces of the watermelon shrub.  Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling water.


Don’t get excited about the honey and apple cider vinegar in this recipe.  Honey is still an “added sugar” and not healthier than white sugar.  Apple cider vinegar has many health claims from helping with weight loss to reducing your risk of diabetes and heart disease.  Unfortunately, the research to prove these claims is limited and has been primarily conducted on animals.  I can’t recommend apple cider vinegar for health benefits but there is no harm in consuming this vinegar so enjoy.

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