Because sometimes, you need to redefine things.
A shrub is a kind of drinking vinegar, with fruit and sugar.
A shrub can also refer to a cocktail or soft drink that was popular during America’s colonial era, made by mixing a vinegared syrup with spirits, water, or carbonated water. The term “shrub” can also be applied to the sweetened vinegar-based syrup, from which the cocktail is made; the syrup is also known as drinking vinegar. Drinking vinegar is often infused with fruit juice, herbs and spices for use in mixed drinks.; Wikipedia
Traditionally, sugar, fruit and vinegar are combined hot or cold to make a syrup.
In my case, I had the fruit and vinegar already combined a la mango vinegar and so…
I decided to wing it.
I combined the bright orange vinegar with some white sugar.
Ready to give it a good shake.
My glass was filled with crushed ice and lime peel and precious coconut water stood guard.
First to go in? The vinegar.
Topped up with coconut water. Doesnt it look gorgeous?
I love the ombré of it all…before the stir.
[äm′brā′, äm brā′]
shaded or graduated in tone: said of a color
Origin of ombré
French past participle of ombrer, to shade ; from Classical Latin umbrare ; from umbra, shade; Your Dictionary
The result was an interesting blend of flavours.
It was bright – in looks and on the tongue. And sharp. But not so much that you felt like you were drinking pure acid.
The coconut water was a hint. As was the lime. Just enough to lend delicate flavour without being overpowering.
I liked it but can see why most shrub recipes require resting time, time enough for flavours to blend and meld and edges to be smoothened out.
Nice and interesting still.