Pear Shrub

My First Shrub

For try something new month, I was intrigued by the number of shrubs and bitters and other odd old revival drinks out there. I’m not a big soda fan anymore, but sometimes I do want something more interesting than water. Shrub sounded like a good way to dive in and also finally get into Infusing Flavors, a cookbook I bought this winter and haven’t really used yet.

Now, if I’m honest, I’m cheating her. “Infusing” isn’t really a new technique for any of us. Ever made tea? You’ve infused. Congrats! But adding more flavor to oils, vinegars, sugars, and salts is a great way to expand my kitchen, and learning to make syrups, gastriques, and other sauces is the easiest way to liven up a quick weeknight dish. Here’s my issue with “real” infusing — it takes TIME. Shrub takes maybe 15 active minutes to make, but 5-7 days to infuse. Even tea takes time, but not a week. I’m not that great at planning that far in advance. The shrub is tasty, though, and worth waiting to drink.

A shrub is a “drinking vinegar,” in this case apple cider vinegar infused with pear, cloves, and nutmeg. This recipe makes a syrup that you then mix with water, carbonated or not as you please. I chose the pear shrub because if the subtle spicing and the fact that it’s pear season. This is not an original STFAA recipe, but maybe you’ll decide to try a shrub — and then try infusing some more flavors into your ingredients?

AGAIN, A NOTE: THIS RECIPE SHOULD SIT IN YOUR FRIDGE FOR A WEEK BEFORE SERVING.

Pears Infusing
Pears Infusing
Pear Shrub from Erin Coopey's Infusing Flavors
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This recipe is very mildly modified from the recipe in Erin Coopey's Infusing Flavors (2016). I made it more suitable for most vegans by substituting agave syrup for the honey in the original recipe. THIS RECIPE TAKES 1 WEEK TO MAKE
Servings
16 servings
Passive Time
7 DAYS
Servings
16 servings
Passive Time
7 DAYS
Pear Shrub from Erin Coopey's Infusing Flavors
Print Recipe
This recipe is very mildly modified from the recipe in Erin Coopey's Infusing Flavors (2016). I made it more suitable for most vegans by substituting agave syrup for the honey in the original recipe. THIS RECIPE TAKES 1 WEEK TO MAKE
Servings
16 servings
Passive Time
7 DAYS
Servings
16 servings
Passive Time
7 DAYS
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup or other liquid sweetener
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar I always prefer Bragg's
  • 2 cloves whole
  • 4 medium pears
  • pinch nutmeg
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Combine the sugar, syrup, vinegar, and cloves in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Stir occasionally.
  2. Let cool, then pour over diced pears in a non-reactive bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  3. Strain and store in a sterile jar. Refrigerate for 5 to 7 days before serving.
  4. Recommended dilution: 2-4 Tablespoons shrub syrup to 8 oz water. This is a good starting place, but I like it a little stronger, about 2T to 4 oz., so about double.
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