I declare this the summer of shrubs! Not the lawn “decoration.” No, the delicious, refreshing and fizzy fruit/vinegar drink that’s popping up at coffee shops and restaurants around the country – a call back to a common drink popular during America’s colonial era.
Simple to make and a perfect way to store your summer fruit for months on end, here’s our recipe (yup – it’s another Drought Friendly Recipe from me and Super Sous) for a Yellow Peach and Basil Shrub.
Yellow Peach and Basil Shrub
Yield: 28-ounces shrub mix
1½ pounds ripe yellow peaches, pit discarded, diced large (3 large peaches)
1 cup organic granulated sugar
1 tablespoon orange zest
½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
30 medium basil leaves, bruised with your fingers
½ cup white wine vinegar, plus more to taste
Add diced peaches and sugar to a large bowl. Mash the peaches with a potato masher until mostly pulverized and the sugar is fully dissolved. Stir in the orange zest, orange juice and bruised basil leaves.
Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit at room temperature for 2 hours, stirring once, after 1 hour.
Place a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl and strain the mixture, pressing on the solids with a spatula to extract as much liquid as possible.
(Use the solids in your next smoothie!)
Stir in the vinegar. This beautiful liquid is your “shrub” mix.
Transfer shrub mix into a bottle or jar, close to seal, and store in the refrigerator until ready to enjoy.
Serve one part peach shrub mix for every four parts sparkling water.
Garnish with basil leaves and a few thin slices of peach.
Note: You can make it “adult” by adding a shot of alcohol, like whiskey or vodka.