Tag Archives: Shrub

• New Book Shows Off Merits of Shrubs in Cocktails

New Book Shows Off Merits of Shrubs in Cocktails

You might not enjoy slurping down a glass of straight vinegar, but throw some fruit and sugar in with the vinegar and the resulting shrub, as it’s called, makes any drink — alcoholic or not — a refreshing thirst-quencher. Although vinegar-based syrups haven’t been common in the days since canning and refrigeration were invented, they’ve […]

• To make this cocktail, borrow an idea from the Colonists

To make this cocktail, borrow an idea from the Colonists

History is a curious cycle indeed. Throughout time, figuring out how to procure enough to eat and drink was our chief concern. Then, once we had it, making sure it didn’t spoil presented a new set of challenges. Now in a time of abundance, refrigeration has changed the dynamic. Still, we’re drawn to the allure […]

Shaken & Stirred: Vinegars give NYC cocktails a new kick

Shaken & Stirred: Vinegars give NYC cocktails a new kick

When wine turns to vinegar, it’s past its prime. But vinegar in a cocktail is part of a timely drinking trend. Speakeasy-style bars across the city are using shrubs, which are vinegar-based syrups infused with fruit and spices, in cocktails. And local Asian restaurants are incorporating drinking vinegars, long considered healthy, into spirited libations. “Vinegar […]

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• Just the tonic for British gin…juniper berries saved from extinction

Just the tonic for British gin…juniper berries saved from extinction

Native juniper berries, which give mother’s ruin its unique flavour, are being saved from extinction. Michael McCarthy raises a glass to the Ice Age evergreen that put the UK distillery industry in high spirits. Gin drinkers, raise your glasses – the juniper, with its fragrant fruit, has been revived in Britain. Juniper berries are the […]