I'm constantly fascinated by how alcoholic drinks obtain their names-- as well as after browsing my reasonable share of bar food selections, there is one term in particular I've always contemplated: the shrub. What makes a beverage a shrub? And exactly how did this word, which I relate to a clean garden, come to be associated with mixed drinks?
"Shrub" is actually the name of 2 different alcohol-related refreshments, and vinegar plays a quite huge role in this beverage's history. One kind is a fruit liqueur that was particularly preferred in 17th century England, made with rum or brandy, sugar, fruit and also citrus juice-- though vinegar was made use of instead of citrus to maintain berries in the off-season. This liqueur would after that be blended with flat or sparkling water to produce a cocktail. The various other type of shrub is a sweetened vinegar-based syrup that can be used to make a drink-- this is also called "alcohol consumption vinegar," as well as is typically infused with fruit juice, natural herbs and flavors.