Peach Shrub – a drink, not a plant


October 18, 2012 by hoosieroutwest

No, it’s not a recipe for a plant – it’s a yummy old school drink – more on that in a minute.

a little beat up but still delicious

I recently inherited a slew of fruit from Jen, a girlfriend of mine. I turned Jen onto canning but her canning dreams are bigger than the time she has in the kitchen. So lucky me, I got to inherit her orphaned fruit that were destined for the compost.

combining the sugar and fruit

Since I already went through 20 lbs of peaches of my own I was running out of recipes to try. After searching the internet I stumbled up on fruit shrubs. Fruit shrubs are apparently how colonial-era folks used up the last bits of fruit before they spoiled.

ready to be strained

It’s an insanely easy recipe and chances are you already have all the ingredients in your kitchen. While I realize it’s fall and most fruit is out of season this is a great way to use up any leftovers that may be roaming around your kitchen – especially the slightly bruised almost ready for the compost fruit.

I know you’re jealous of my triceratops glass

I like to combine a bit of the shrub with sparkling water for a refreshing drink. You could also make some delicious cocktails with the shrub. Just keep in mind that while the sugar does soften the vinegar there is still a good amount of tang in the drink.


Peach Ginger Shrub

adapted from Table Matters

Make about 1 ¼ cups

Peach Ginger Shrub Printable

2 peaches, peeled and chopped

¾ cup sugar

1 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon grated ginger

Combine peaches and sugar in a quart jar. Using a spoon or muddler, mash the peaches and sugar together. Add vinegar and ginger and stir to combine. Put a lid on the jar and refrigerate for 24 hours.

When a day has passed, strain the solids from the liquid. Discard peach solids and store the finished shrub in the refrigerator.


You can water-bath preserve this recipe too. You’ll need to water-bath boil it for 10 minutes to make it shelf stable.


One thought on “Peach Shrub – a drink, not a plant

  1. putneyfarm says:

    Great post…we make and use shrubs in cocktails and sodas and they work very well…apricots also good…

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