Apple Vanilla Ginger Shrub

Drinks | Fall/Winter | Recipes
October 5th, 2017
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I am slowly going through all the apples we picked at Gabriel Farms and I wanted to make something that wasn’t a sauce, cake or muffin.  It’s still unusually hot here and a Apple Vanilla Ginger Shrub was a nice and refreshing alternative to use those apples.

What is a Shrub you ask?  It’s a vinegar based syrup that is infused with herbs and fruit and you can use it to make a healthy soda or cocktail.

Apple Vanilla Ginger Shrub

Apple Vanilla Ginger Shrub

Apple Vanilla Ginger Shrub


Apple Vanilla Ginger Shrub
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Apple Vanilla Ginger Shrub


  • 1 Cup apples cut into small cubes with the skin on
  • 1 Inch of ginger grated with the skin on
  • 1 Vanilla pod cut in half and seeds scrapped off
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1/3 Cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 Cup Honey


  1. Place all the ingredients in a glass jar and mix well. Cover the jar with a cheese cloth and a rubber band. Keep away from sunlight, ideally store in the cupboard and let sit for 48 hours. Stir every 12 hours. Once you see the apples breaking down after 48 hours strain the fruit out and keep just the concentrate in a glass jar in the refrigerator. It should keep for up to 6 months.
  2. To serve place 2 tablespoons of the concentrate into a glass and top with ice and soda water. Garnish with some rosemary and a cinnamon stick with a few slices of fresh apples.
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  • This looks like my kind of drink!

  • Thanks for clearing up what Shrub is. Have never heard of it. Love the idea!

    • Rezel

      Haha!! and the bonus is that it’s so good for you too!!

  • Your photography is so gorgeous! And the shrub sounds delish too 😉! Would even be good with some Pellegrino as a non-alcoholic drink.

    • Rezel

      Thank you so much for saying that!!! and yes it so good with just some pellegrino!

  • I’ve never shrub before in my life. This seems really interesting, I might have to give this a try soon.

  • Oooh, this sounds really delicious! What a delightful combo of flavors. Love the garnish of fresh rosemary too!

  • This looks awesome! I had no idea what a shrub was so I will definitely have to try it!

    • Rezel

      It’s such an easy drink to make. I hope you try it!

  • I never knew about shrub until now. Thanks for the lesson. This drink sounds so refreshing, crisp and light and your pics are gorgeous!

    • Rezel

      Thank you so much! It is a very refreshing drink and good for you too!!

  • I had never come across shrubs before (in this context) so I’m really pleased to learn about them. Plus the recipe sounds delish and the photos are too!

    • Rezel

      you should try it! It’s so easy!

  • This looks really good! A great way to use up the apples!

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