Cranberry Shrub Cocktail
This drink takes a couple of extra steps due to the tantalizingly tart shrub (a mixture of sugar, apple cider, and fruit), but the effort is all worth it for this delicious, healthy-ish cocktail.
Makes 1 drink
- Cranberry Shrub (recipe below)
- 3 1/2 oz [100 ml] vodka
- Ginger ale, for topping off
- 3 fresh cranberries, skewered, for garnish
Fill a highball glass halfway with crushed ice. Pour in 2 oz [60 ml] of the cranberry shrub, add the vodka, and stir. Top off with ginger ale and garnish with the cranberry skewer.
- 8 oz [240 ml] apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup [200 g] sugar
- 1 cup [120 g] cranberries
Heat the apple cider vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir the mixture until the sugar fully dissolves. Add the cranberries and bring to a simmer, mashing the cranberries into the mixture as they soften. Simmer for 2 minutes and then remove from the heat. Let cool. Strain the shrub into an airtight glass container. The shrub can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Makes 12 oz [355 ml].
Reprinted from Very Merry Cocktails by Jessica Strand with permission by Chronicle Books, 2020 | Photography by Ren Fuller