Peach-Strawberry + Mint Herbal Shrub
Shrubs are a traditional beverage made with fresh fruit, honey (or sugar), and vinegar. When combined, these oddly paired ingredients create a unique and zippy drink that can be enjoyed during the hot summer months. Of course in this recipe I'm adding herbs, because, well, I add herbs to everything! This recipe features two of my favorite summer fruits - peaches and strawberries - and utilizes to very cooling and calming medicinal herbs - lemon balm and mint. This drink is kid-friendly and makes a great substitute for sodas and alcohol that can be enjoyed during summer picnics, parties, and when relaxing at home.
1 quart-sized mason jar (with a reusable plastic lid)
1-2 ripe yellow peaches (crushed)
6-8 ripe organic strawberries (sliced)
1 cup high-quality apple cider vinegar (such as Braggs)
1/4-1/2 cup fresh mint (can add lemon balm if you have it)
1/2-1 cup raw honey
*optional - spalsh of good quality balsalmic vinegar for depth of flavor
Clean and sterilize your quart-sized mason jar and set aside. Wash fruit and herbs well and pat dry. Slice strawberries and add to jar. Crush peaches and add juice and pulp to jar; discard peach pit. Roughly chop fresh herbs and add to the jar. Using a muddlercrush the fruit and herbs. Add apple cider vinegar and honey, stir to combine, and cover with a plastic lid. Label with the date and ingredients and store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks, shaking every few days. Once the mixture has fermented slightly, strain out solids and store remaining liquid in a clean mason jar with a plastic lid. Add 1-2 tablespoons of your shrub mixture to a glass, top off with sparkling water, garnish with a fresh sprig of mint, and voila! This shrub can be stored covered in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. If mold appears or scent become off in any way, discard and start over.
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