A shrub is an acidulated beverage made of fruit juice, sugar, and other ingredients. It is both sweet and tart. I needed an apple shrub for a recipe and was given this one:

  • 8 ounces of Granny Smith apples
  • 8 ounces of brown sugar
  • 8 ounces of apple cider vinegar

Combine all ingredients in a container and let sit for 24 hours or more. Or simmer on the stovetop until flavors are blended.

I don’t think the proportions are hugely important (i.e. you can increase or decrease them a bit to taste).

As usual, I was running behind so I decided to simmer mine. I found another recipe that used white sugar and red apples that suggested you shred the apples, which I did as well. I also added some cinnamon and fresh nutmeg.

Hint: if you are expecting house guests, you might not want to prepare this just before they arrive. The vinegar can be very aromatic, and not in a good way (grin).

Apple Shrub