Blueberry Honey Shrub


Shrubs are drinking vinegars (stay with me here) that make wonderful additions to cocktails OR, if you’re just in the market for a bright and vibrant drink that has some beautiful health benefits.

Apple cider vinegar can help to stimulate the digestive system and actually helps to move the Qi. So if you’re grumpy, feel tired and blocked or just need a bit of an enlivening drink without alcohol, this is a wonderful option.

I add a splash to sparkling water but you could also have it with warm water if you prefer.

Play around with the fruits you use or make one each season, depending on what’s growing!

This is a great option for those who go clean after the holidays with dry January but still want a drink with a bit of a ‘bite’.


Makes 1 litre


4 cups fresh or frozen fruit: blueberries/cherries/raspberries/pear/peach…
2 cups cider vinegar
1/2-1 cup honey

Place the blueberries in a nonmetallic container. Add the vinegar.

Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 3 days.

Pour the vinegar-marinated blueberries into a sieve over a bowl; press the berries to release all their juice. Discard the solids.

Pour the blueberry liquid into a medium saucepan.

Add the honey and boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove from the heat and let cool.

Pour the blueberry syrup into a small container and chill.

To make each drink, add 1/4 cup blueberry syrup to a medium cocktail glass filled with ice and add 1 cup cold water. Garnish with fresh mint, if desired.