Citrus season is in full effect and I am celebrating with some local citrus I received from one of my favorite shops in Downtown Mckinney.
It’s only fitting I make one of my favorite things, a shrub! A refreshing concentrated syrup that contains your fruit of choice, sugar and vinegar. They are perfect mixed into cocktails and also with club soda.
The great thing about shrubs and cooking in general is for the most part is it is about preference. Particularly for shrubs I love to use a mild vinegar to not overpower the shrub, so I usually go for a coconut vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
For this citrus shrub I used bold spices such as star anise, cinnamon, clove and black peppercorns. Some warmth from vanilla beans and sugar.
Ratios for shrubs really vary on preference. Usually you will find an 1:1 ratio.
As far as methods go, I prefer the cold method, so I macerate my fruit of choice in sugar, any herbs and spices on the counter top and let it ferment overnight. After that, I add in my vinegar and taste until it has the zip I am looking for.