Blackberry and Mango Passion Shrub. Shrubs are one of the oldest beverages to date. Vinegar is infused with fruit, (and in this case tea) for a week, it is then strained and simmered with sugar. The result is a deliciously sweet (with just the right amount of acidity) concentrate to add to soda water, perhaps a dash of gin if you are so inclined. Shrubs are very easy to adapt; you can swap blackberries for melon or mango. As long as the general ratios of fruit, vinegar and sugar remain 2:1:1 you’ll be fine.


4 cups of berries
4 tablespoons Mango Passion Tea
2 cups Vinegar (either apple cider or white wine)
2 cups of sugar

How to Make

Place the berries and tea in a large jar, pour over vinegar and stir, place in the refrigerator for one week.
Strain the mixture through some muslin into a large pot, press the berries slightly to remove all the liquid.
Add the sugar to the pot and stir over medium heat. Once boiling, stir occasionally and allow to simmer for several minutes (3-7).
Turn off the heat and once cool, pour into a jar, and keep in the refrigerator.
To make each drink pour 1/3 cup of shrub syrup into a glass, top up with soda water, add ice and any garnishes, mint, pomegranate or fresh fruit are my favourite.


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