Shrub Mocktail 101, or How do I use these if I don’t drink alcohol?

Not everyone in the world drinks.  Sometimes it’s for heath, religious, personal, or age restricted reasons.  And sometimes it’s just that you don’t feel like having a stiff one.  The great news is shrubs make a wonderful non-alcoholic beverage too.

You can be simple with them.  Put some ice in an 8 ounce glass.  Add 4-5 ounces of unflavored soda/seltzer water.  Pour 1ish ounce (to taste) of the shrub of your choosing into the glass and give a gentle stir.  Fruity, fizzy, sweet and tart.  Yummmmmm.

You can up your mocktail game though with some simple additions.  If a tiny amount (less that 1% ABV in the finished drink) of alcohol is permissible, you can add a few dashes of bitters to the mix for even more complex flavors.  We love the line of bitters Scrappy’s puts out.  Try their Lavender bitters with our Vanilla Pear shrub.  Or the Orange bitter with the Peach Brown Sugar shrub.  Chocolate bitters plus Blackberry Balsamic?  Yes please!  You just need 3-5 dashes of a bitter, which is 1/4-1/3 a teaspoon, to flavor your drink.

Another option is to replace some or all of the soda/seltzer water with sparkling juices or Dry sodas.  Sparkling lemonade, ginger beer and Peach Brown Sugar is a favorite around here.  Or the Juniper Berry with the Quince Bay Laurel and a touch of bitter lemon.  Heck, go crazy and add some bitters to your juice and soda and shrub concoction.  Serve them in your bar wear with garnishes, and you’ll feel extra fancy.

Come up with something really yummy?  Leave it in the comments!

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