Maple and Spice Shrub

Maple and spice shrubMaple and spice shrub

Recipe and photos courtesy of Vivian Howard


Yield: 2 cups

2 cups roughly chopped, tasty apples or pears

Maple and spice shrubMaple and spice shrub

1/2 vanilla bean

1/2 cinnamon stick

2 star anise

1 piece nutmeg

1 cup maple syrup

1 cup raw cider vinegar

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


1. In a dry skillet toast the cinnamon, star anise, and nutmeg.

2. In a 2-quart glass jar or bowl, gently muddle together the maple syrup the vanilla bean and the apples. Stir in the spices and the vinegars. Cover and let the shrub sit for 48 hours.

3. Strain off all the solids and store the shrub in the fridge for up to 1 month.

This shrub is delicious added to ginger beer or club soda and makes a perfect cocktail with whiskey and a squeeze of lemon.

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