Raspberry Vinegar + Raspberry Shrub

I am going to write up this post as quick as I can: getting it done is one of many things on my ever-growing to-do list for today. Why the rush? Well, my friends, Hurricane Irene is on her way. While I am certainly hoping for the best, if the dire predictions we’re seeing in the media come to pass, it’s not going to be pretty. I live 90 miles North of NYC: we’ll most likely lose power, and it might be a little while before we get it back.

My friend Jessica, who also happens to live here in the Hudson Valley, put together this great list of Hurricane Readiness Tips. Please have a look if you’re in the path of this storm…there’s still a small window of time left to prepare.

Once I make sure everything on that list is done, and all my other goals for today are met (including making sure my chickens and beehive are as secure as possible), you can bet I am going to be relaxing attempting to relax with a cocktail. I am not a big drinker but something tells me the anxiety I am currently feeling is only going to mount by tonight. This Raspberry Shrub, made with homemade raspberry vinegar, has been a favorite discovery this summer: I think I’ll be clutching the Prosecco version pretty tight later today and possibly in the days ahead, as well.

Back in July, I used fresh raspberries to make a raspberry vinegar.

To do this, you just take 2 cups of fresh raspberries and put them in a 1 pint glass jar. Then pour white vinegar into the jar, completely covering the raspberries. Cover the jar with layer of plastic wrap before screwing on the lid (the vinegar can eat away at the metal lid otherwise), then let this hang out in a cool, dark place for about 2 weeks.

If you want to make a larger amount of raspberry vinegar, use more jars and the amount of raspberries and vinegar needed to fill them.

At the end of two weeks, pour the raspberries and vinegar through a fine mesh strainer over a bowl. Using a wooden spoon, carefully push on the raspberries to dispel all the liquid (don’t push so hard that you end up with pureed raspberry in your vinegar, though), then compost or discard the raspberries.

Stored in a clean glass jar (I ended up with 1 cup total), your raspberry vinegar will keep for a very long time. Store it in your pantry with the rest of your vinegars…no need for refrigeration. Such an easy process, right? So go snatch up some berries before the season’s over (how about before the hurricane comes if you’re on the East Coast!) and make some :)

Raspberry vinegar can be used in homemade salad dressings and marinades, but, as I happily learned from Bon Appetit, you can also use it to make Raspberry Shrub.

What’s a shrub, you ask? Here we are not talking plants, we’re talking about a beverage that’s sweet and fruity with a vinegar component. The word shrub is derived from the Arabic word “sharab“, which I’ve seen translated both as “syrup” and as “drink”. Shrubs have been enjoyed throughout history: they were a very popular refresher in American colonial times, in fact.

Research tells me that this isn’t a traditional shrub recipe (I’ve included links at the end of the post to “real” shrubs, if you’re interested). But it’s easy and unexpectedly delicious, so I hope you have a chance to try it some time…preferably not during a hurricane.

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More Fruit Shrub Recipes:

Black Raspberry Shrub from Food in Jars
Elderberry Shrub from The Kitchn
How to Make Shrub Syrups from Serious Eats

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  • *sparkling water or Prosecco
  • *1 -2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • *1-2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
  • * lemon slices- optional
  • *mint leaves- optional


  • Fill 12 ounce glass halfway with ice. Add sparkling water or Prosecco. Pour in maple syrup and raspberry vinegar (start with the 1 tablespoon amounts). Stir and taste: add more maple syrup or vinegar if you like. Garnish with optional lemon slices and/or mint leaves.

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  6. That sounds delicious. I don’t have many raspberries, but the blackberries are coming in full force. So simple and a great reminder on how to use up some of the extra fruit we have kicking around. Speaking of which…wild plumes might just see a vinegar bath!

    • Funny story (well not so funny)…I got a little tipsy from mine then dropped my camera. Thank goodness for the lens filter – I smashed it but thankfully not the lens :)

  7. Ooh, this sounds lovely! I had no idea what a shrub was, but I am sold. Sounds like my kind of drink. :)

  8. This caught my eye on Twitter this morning and just spotting the photo next to mine on Liqurious. Had to come peek! I’ve heard of this but have not known exactly what it is. I love all your information and photos. I am definitely going to try it. I plan to go raspberry picking very soon so this will be on the list for what to do with them! Do you know if you could use a different vinegar to make the raspberry vinegar (like cider vinegar perhaps)?

  9. This raspberry vinegar looks wonderful and so easy to make. Thank you for this informative post and for the shrub recipe. I love the glass you used to take the photo.

    Hoping that you and your family and everyone in the path of this hurricane stays safe throughout. It’s very disconcerting to realize that this is just the beginning of hurricane season and that it is starting off with such a wallop. Take good care Winnie.

  10. Thanks Winnie for linking me, you are so sweet! This sounds amazing, I never knew vinegar could go ina cocktail!!! Drinks will help ease the anxiety for sure! With a cocktail like this in your hand you will be fine. Or at least think everything is fine ;-)

  11. Awesome quick recipe! I would have never thought to utilize some of my berries that way. I’ll try this with the blackberries I have growing at our home. Stay safe during the hurricane… we are spending the day prepping for it. Though it will most likely just be a tropical storm when it hits New England. But I’m guessing we’ll be without power for atleast a couple days.