Cranberry Bourbon Shrub


  1. 2 cups fresh cranberries
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 2 cup white balsamic vinegar
  4. Bourbon, for serving
  5. Club soda, for serving
  6. Fresh cranberries, for serving
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How to Make It

Combine the cranberries, sugar and vinegar in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved and foam has begun to form on top. Reduce the heat to low, and let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, strain out the fruit (using a spoon to mash the juices out of the fruit), and let it cool completely. To serve, mix one part chilled shrub mix with one part bourbon and one part club soda over ice. Garnish with fresh cranberries and enjoy!

Why We Like It

Whether you call it a “shrub” or a “drinking vinegar,” there’s no denying that when you mix fruit with vinegar and sugar, and then mix that with booze and club soda, you get a really fantastic cocktail.

This seasonal shrub — made with fresh cranberries and white balsamic vinegar — is no exception. It really shines when mixed with equal parts bourbon and club soda, but you can also eliminate the bourbon for a festive mocktail.

With this recipe, you’ll get about two cups of shrub mix that will keep in a mason jar in the fridge for up to two weeks (but I’m willing to bet it will disappear on or before Thanksgiving). Once you make the shrub mix, the proportions of shrub to bourbon to club soda are really up to you, but a 1:1:1 ratio works pretty well.

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