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Berry shrub drink in a glass tumbler with a garnish on top of a toothpick with three berries and a mint sprig.

How To Make A Berry Shrub (Drink)

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  • Author: Ed Goldfinger
  • Total Time: 48 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 15 servings 1x


This perfectly balanced berry shrub is easy to make and has a unique tart and sweet flavor that will please every palate. This shrub will last up to six months in the fridge and can be used to make refreshing non-alcoholic shrub drinks or delicious shrub cocktails.


Units Scale

For the berry shrub:

  • 6 ounces raspberries
  • 6 ounces blackberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1-2 thin cross-sections of sliced ginger, lightly bruised

For the berry shrub drink:

  • 6 ounces seltzer
  • 2 tablespoons berry shrub
  • Optional garnish (berries, citrus peel, herbs, etc.)



For the berry shrub:

  1. Rinse the raspberries and blackberries, then add to a midsize sealable container and bruise them lightly with a fork.
  2. Add sugar and mix thoroughly with the berries. Cover and leave at room temperature for 24 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Strain the berry mixture through a fine sieve or cheesecloth into a plastic container. Reserve berries for other use - they go great with yogurt and granola.
  4. Mix the syrup from the berries with vinegar and the vinegar in a glass or plastic container. 
  5. Add in sliced ginger and seal.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours. The flavor will continue to develop for weeks to come.

To make a non-alcoholic berry shrub drink:

  1. Pour seltzer into a glass filled with ice.
  2. Add berry shrub to taste - I recommend 2 tablespoons for 6 ounces of seltzer
  3. Finish with a garnish of fresh berries or herbs (optional) and serve immediately.


Storage: keep the shrub refrigerated in a well-sealed container for up to six months. Macerated berries should also be refrigerated.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • maceration and refrigeration: 48 hours
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Cold press