Cherry shrub drink

Cherry shrub drink
A shrub is a delicious fruit and vinegar syrup that makes the most refreshing drink on a hot day. We use cherries with vanilla and thyme, but you can play with fruits that would work well in jam (strawberries, blueberries, plums, nectarines) as well as fresh herbs (basil, mint, thyme, rosemary) and spices (cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla). Have fun and enjoy!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Drinks



  • Bring sugar and water to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir to dissolve sugar, then add cherries, vinegar, thyme and vanilla. Simmer for 15 minutes, until the liquid turns cherry red, take off the heat and let cool.
  • Strain (keeping the fruit to serve in glasses or over muesli, yoghurt, or ice cream), then pour liquid into a jug.
  • Serve over ice with soda water, in a cocktail, or paired with your favourite spirit. Add in the reserved cherries, thyme and vanilla pods for extra flair (optional). Store cherry shrub in the fridge.
Keyword dairy free, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian
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Cherries are such an indulgent treat they deserved to be paired with the best ingredients like a beautiful South Island venison rack.

1 Comment

  1. Rani on 18/11/2023 at 11:53 am

    5 stars
    Made this a few times now. I love it! Pour a tablespoon (approximately) in a champagne flute (including the reserved stewed cherries), top with sparkling wine.

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