A shrub is a vinegar-based cordial to mix into drinks. Read more about it here.
Every batch of shrub is made with different seasonal fruit. I was lucky enough to get some tart new season apples from Sift Produce so they went in to make this uniquely tart and refreshing shrub with Rhubarb. I was given some Geraldton Wax from Something Wild, SA. This is a native Australian plant that looks a bit like pine needles and tastes citrusy but also really herbaceous. It’s not a strong flavour but it carries the tartness of the fruit. The fruit is then fermented with Australian raw sugar and steeped with local Apple cider vinegar. Mix with soda water for a great non-alcoholic drink or splash some in with your favourite mixed cocktail. I think it would be great with Calvados or brandy!
Braeburn apples (John Reynolds, Orange, NSW)
Rhubarb (Living Earth Farm, Southern Highlands)
Geraldton Wax (Something Wild, SA)
Raw Sugar (CSL, QLD)
Apple Cider Vinegar (Lirah, QLD)
Add to still or fizzy water like a cordial! Or add a dash to a whisky & dry. A shrub can be treated like a drink or you can use it in a salad dressing. This one would go with a mixed bitter leaves and some crunchy nuts. This tart shrub is also good to make a little dressing for oysters!