Have you tried making shrubs before? Do you even know what a shrub is? It’s basically a drinkable vinegar, often infused with fruit and sometimes herbs. With fall in full swing, we have plenty of apples on our hands, and figured there’d be no better time to make an apple shrub. (You could even call this an apple-squared-shrub since we’re using apple cider vinegar too!) Shrubs are quite simple to make at home—all you have to do is make a quick concentrate of one part fruit, one part vinegar, and about one part sugar (depending on how sweet the fruit is). Store the mixture in the fridge for at least a couple days in a sealed glass container or jar.
When choosing apple varieties for this shrub, you want one with an assertive flavor that’s ideally a bit sweet like a Macintosh, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, or Mutsu.
Shrubs of course aren’t just limited to apples or fall. You can sub in any fruit during any season. We’re excited to try a blood orange shrub this winter and a strawberry shrub this spring.
Still have tons of apples? Try these delicious apple recipes and ideas for what to do with the bushels of fruit leftover from fall apple picking adventures.