Fresh Fruit Shrub Recipe

An old-fashioned drink, this fruit shrub recipe combines apple cider vinegar with fresh assorted berries.
By Laurey Masterson
February 3, 2014
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This fresh fruit shrub recipe forms concentrate, to which you can add cold water for whenever you want a refreshing drink.
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With the popularity of honeybee keeping rising, The Fresh Honey Cookbook (Storey Publishing, 2013) is an invaluable resource for those who keep their own bees, or just want to support local beekeepers in their area. Laurey Masterton presents twelve months worth of recipes that feature seasonal ingredients and different varieties of honey. This Fresh Fruit Shrub Recipe can be found in Chapter 8, “August.”

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Here’s another old-fashioned drink along the lines of a Switchel. This one is a tiny bit more complicated, but once you make the basic concentrate, you can add sparkling water anytime you like for a refreshing fruit drink.

Use whatever berries are fresh at the market. Blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries work well.

Fresh Fruit Shrub Recipe


4 cups fresh assorted berries
2 cups apple cider vinegar
1 1/2-2 cups honey
Sparkling water


In a large glass jar, combine the berries and vinegar. Cover and let sit in your refrigerator for 3 days.

If you want a smooth drink, strain the liquid through a colander into a bowl to remove the solid parts of the fruits. If you prefer a chunkier drink, don’t strain; just mash the fruits together with the liquid, leaving the fruit solids in the mix.

Pour the fruity vinegar into a medium, nonreactive saucepan. Add the honey and stir well to combine. Bring to a boil, and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Pour the sweetened mixture back into the glass jar and return to the fridge until ready to use.

When you’d like to have a glass of the drink, fill a glass with ice, add 1/4 cup of the fruit mixture, and fill the remainder of the glass with sparkling water. Taste and adjust with more concentrate if needed. You can also make this by the pitcher. Just figure out how many glasses your pitcher holds and portion accordingly. Makes enough concentrate for 10-15 servings.

Find more recipes for delicious honey-based drinks from The Fresh Honey Cookbook:

Mulled Apple Cider Recipe
Switchel Recipe

Reprinted with permission from The Fresh Honey Cookbook: 84 Recipes from a Beekeeper’s Kitchen by Laurey Masterton and published by Storey Publishing, 2013. Buy this book from our store: The Fresh Honey Cookbook.

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