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A modern spin on an old drink with a weird name.

So what the hell is a “shrub"? In a non-landscaping sense, it’s a method of preserving fruits and fruit juices that goes back hundreds of years. Martha Washington made shrubs; they appear in the works of Dickens. There are myriad recipes and techniques, but all involve mixing fruit with vinegar and sugar, letting things steep, then straining out the solids.

In the hands of a skilled Shrubber, the result is an intensely flavored concentrate, which is then mixed with a drinker’s fluid of choice, with delicious results.

A Shrubber's Tale

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I started making shrubs when I wanted something interesting to drink after I quit drinking. I’ve never liked industrial soda pop, N/A beer is meh, and I quickly tired of ginger beer and ginger ale (although the love of ginger stayed with me). After an affable bartender served me a fabulous shrub-based mocktail, I did some research on the Google, starting knocking things about in my kitchen, and the results were so flavorful that friends, relatives and passersby were soon telling me, “Phil, you gotta sell this stuff!”

A Shrubber was born.

The Shrubs

My shrubs steer away from the usual fruit-punchy, syrupy flavor profile; that’s just not my thing. I like tart, punchy, sour, herbal, spicy flavors. Each Calvit’s Shrub features two complementary fruits or vegetables, with a little spicy/herbal hit at the end. When someone tries an undiluted sip for the first time, they typically have a little bit of a “Wow!” surprised look on their face, which quickly morphs into a “That is sooooo delicious” grin that never ceases to make me smile myself.

Drink Recipes

Here are a few combinations that we like. If you come up with something wonderful yourself, please share it with us! People are still figuring out what to do with shrubs. Help them! Help the world! Post a photo and recipe to FACEBOOK or tag us on INSTAGRAM.

Photo Of Calvit's Shrubs Ginger Lemongrass Shrub In Cocktail At Arnaud's

Torta Rosa Cocktail
Original Calvit’s Shrubs recipe
from Arnaud’s French 75 Bar
New Orleans

  • 1 oz. Tequila
  • .5 oz. Mezcal
  • .5 oz. Calvit's Tomatillo-Tamarind Shrub
  • .5 oz. Lime juice
  • .25 oz. Agave nectar
  • Top with nutmeg

Shrub 75 Cocktail
Original Calvit’s Shrubs recipe
from Arnaud’s French 75 Bar
New Orleans

  • 1.25 oz Beefeater gin
  • .75. oz. Calvit’s Ginger-Lemongrass Shrub
  • .5 Lemon juice
  • Top with Champagne

Beet Shrubber
A favorite of the Shrubber’s wife

  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. Calvit’s Beet-Ginger Shrub
  • 1 oz. club soda
  • Mint sprig
  • Garnish with lime

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