Strawberry Tarragon Shrub Sodas | picklesnhoney.com #recipe #soda #cocktail #drink

Strawberry Tarragon Shrub Sodas

Strawberry Tarragon Shrub Sodas | picklesnhoney.com #recipe #soda #cocktail #drink

Have shrubs become the “it” trend where you live? Where we are in Sonoma, shrubs are everywhere. Just to be clear: I’m not talking about the plants you find in your yard or local park, though maybe at one point those were the latest craze. The shrub I’m referring to is a syrup made from fruit, sugar, herbs/spices (if you like), and vinegar. It’s this awesome combination of sweet and tart that makes a great base for a refreshing soda or cocktail. If you like the taste of kombucha, I think you’re going to love this easy shrub drink.

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This shrub recipe features a most delicious flavor combination of juicy, ripe strawberries and slightly bittersweet, anise-scented tarragon. It’s a unique and interesting pairing (which I love), but fresh basil or mint would also work well. If strawberries aren’t your thing or they cost a small fortune, sub in whatever fruit you fancy! I’m really excited to try cantaloup + mint, watermelon + basil, and fig + cinnamon shrubs next.

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This is a very adaptable recipe, so you should feel free to adjust the sweetness and tartness to suit your personal tastes. I used about half as much sugar as most shrub syrups call for and three quarters the amount of vinegar because I like mine subtly sweet and a bit less tart. I prefer white wine vinegar since its flavor is more delicate than something like apple cider vinegar. Champagne vinegar would probably be excellent here too.

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Enjoy the syrup in a tall, ice-filled glass of soda water, and add a shot of your favorite spirit if you like! I’m thinking a good quality tequila would be the way to go…

Cheers!

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Strawberry Tarragon Shrub Sodas

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Strawberry Tarragon Shrub Sodas

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: syrup for 8-10 drinks


Prep Time: 24 hours

The ideal combination of sweet and tart that makes an excellent base for a refreshing soda or cocktail. If you like the taste of kombucha, you're going to love this easy shrub recipe!

Strawberry Tarragon Shrub Sodas | picklesnhoney.com #recipe #soda #cocktail #drink

Strawberry Tarragon Shrub Sodas

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Ingredients

For the shrub:

  • 8 ounces strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1/4 cup vegan sugar (use 1/2 cup for a sweeter syrup)
  • 4 sprigs fresh tarragon (or 1 large handful)
  • 3/4 cup white wine vinegar

For the shrub soda (makes 1 serving):

  • 1 ounce shrub syrup
  • 5 ounces sparking water
  • 1 1/2 ounces spirits (optional, top-shelf tequila would be nice)
  • ice
  • small sprig fresh tarragon for garnish

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: syrup for 8-10 drinks

Prep Time: 24 hours

The ideal combination of sweet and tart that makes an excellent base for a refreshing soda or cocktail. If you like the taste of kombucha, you're going to love this easy shrub recipe!

Instructions

  • Add the strawberries and sugar to a mixing bowl. Stir, cover, and leave the strawberries to macerate on the counter for a couple of hours. Stir them every so often to extract as much strawberry juice as possible.
  • Meanwhile, add the tarragon and vinegar to a glass jar. Use a spoon to push down the tarragon so that it's completely submerged in the vinegar. Place the lid on the jar tightly and let sit on the counter.
  • After the strawberries have sit for 2 hours, pour the fruit mixture over a fine sieve into a bowl. Reserve the strawberries for non-dairy ice cream sundaes (so good!) or another sweet treat, and pour the liquid into the jar with the tarragon and vinegar. Place the lid on the jar tightly and leave the jar in the fridge for up to 1 week. Taste daily until you're happy with the strength of the tarragon flavor, then strain out the tarragon and enjoy the syrup!
  • To make the shrub soda/cocktail: fill a glass with ice, then add the shrub syrup, sparkling water, and spirits (if using). Stir and garnish with a sprig of fresh tarragon. Cheers!

Notes [1]

Inspired by the beautiful shrub soda at SHED in Healdsburg, CA.

Copyright © 2019 Amanda Maguire for Pickles & Honey

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  1. I love how you used tarragon in the syrup… I bet it made your kitchen smell so good! 🙂 When I studied abroad in France, we worked with “les fines herbes” in my cooking class – tarragon being one of them!

    1. Amanda says

      Tarragon smells so good! Aaron usually isn’t a fan of anise-flavored things, but he loved this recipe. Woo hoo! I bet studying abroad in France was an incredible experience.

  2. Katie says

    I hadn’t heard of a shrub drink before. Cool! I have to try your recipe.

  3. Julia says

    I also live in Cali and have been seeing these shrubs on menus, but I wasn’t sure how it would taste because of the vinegar. I love kombucha though so I will have to give one a try. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Amanda says

      I think you’re going to love shrubs, Julia!

  4. Sam says

    I just love tarragon. I always think it’s not used enough because herbs like mint get the attention. I have a bunch of plums I need to use and now I know what to do with them. 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      Plums would be wonderful! Let me know how the shrub syrup works out for you!

  5. Layla says

    Do you think I could make a shrub with honeydew melon? They were on sale at the store this week and I bought to many. haha

    1. Amanda says

      Yes! Honeydew melon is going to be excellent!

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