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Some Kind of Mango Shrub

by on April 24, 2015
 

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.[1][4][5] 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.[3][6][7] Drinking vinegar is often infused with fruit juice, herbs and spices for use in mixed drinks.[6][8][9]; 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.

Mango - Coconut Water Shrub

I combined the bright orange vinegar with some white sugar.

Mango - Coconut Water Shrub

Ready to give it a good shake.

Mango - Coconut Water Shrub

My glass was filled with crushed ice and lime peel and precious coconut water stood guard.

Mango - Coconut Water Shrub

First to go in? The vinegar.

Mango - Coconut Water Shrub

Topped up with coconut water. Doesnt it look gorgeous?

I love the ombré of it all…before the stir.

ombré
[äm′brā′, äm brā′]

adjective
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

Mango - Coconut Water Shrub

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.

Mango - Coconut Water Shrub

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.