Cranberry Ginger Shrub Recipe

A cranberry ginger shrub is an ideal beverage and used for both, adult cocktails and mocktails. This cranberry ginger drinking vinegar is a delightful tart beverage full of vitamin C, antioxidants, and probiotics.

cranberry ginger shrub

Throughout the holiday season, gatherings almost always occur with a delicious spread of food and beverages. Whether the get together is in your home or elsewhere, this cranberry drinking vinegar will be your go to beverage. Make this recipe in advance to save time and for easy transportation.

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Shrub Heaven!

Before you begin making shrubs you should know what they are.  Shrubs, or drinking vinegar, were once extremely popular during the 17th and 18th centuries. Recently, this beverage has made a quick comeback in the bar scene. Because of its sweetened, vinegary flavor the syrup is ideal to be added to sparkling water, an all natural ginger ale, and mixed with alcohol.

In addition to this particular shrub, here are other recipes which are available on our website.

How to Serve a Cranberry Shrub

A breakfast punch, which is also known as a Christmas punch, is a delightful for all ages. However, an adult cocktail using this drinking vinegar is absolutely delicious.

How can a beverage containing bourbon, maple syrup, citrus bitters and this shrub recipe be anything other than fabulous? The answer is, it can’t.

Cranberry Ginger Shrub – Ingredients

The ingredients listed are available throughout the year. However, using fresh cranberries will create a better tasting drinking vinegar. Feel free to substitute raw apple cider purchased from the market for a homemade version.

  • 4 cups fresh Cranberries, or frozen
  • 6 (2-inch) strips fresh Orange rind
  • 2 tbsp grated Ginger, or 1 2-inch piece cut into strips
  • ½ cup Water
  • ½ cup organic Sugar
  • 1 cup raw Apple Cider Vinegar 

Cranberry Ginger Shrub – Equipment

Swing top bottles are ideal for gift giving, and this shrub is definitely gift worthy!

  • ½ gallon Mason jar 
  • Muddler Small Saucepan 
  • Spatula 
  • Jar Funnel 
  • Fine Mesh Sieve 
  • Swing Top Bottle or quart Mason jar

Cranberry Ginger Shrub – Instructions

Raw apple cider contains natural probiotics. In order to not destroy the good bacteria it is best to not add it to the cranberry mixture until it has completely cooled.  Doing so will destroy the beneficial bacteria found within the raw apple cider vinegar.

  1. In a small saucepan bring to boil the first 5 ingredients. Continue to boil at medium heat for 10 minutes.  
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.  
  3. Once completely cooled, add raw apple cider vinegar and mix well.  
  4. Store in refrigerator for 3 days, gently shaking the ½ gallon jar once a day.  
  5. On day 3, using a fine mesh sieve, strain the cranberry mixture into a swing top bottle or mason jar.   
  6. Store the cranberry ginger drinking vinegar in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

Note

This delicious cranberry shrub partners well over ice with bourbon. Feel free to modify the recipe to your desired taste.

  • 2 tbsp cranberry shrub
  • Bourbon, as much as you’d like
  • 1 tsp Maple syrup
  • 3/4 dash Citrus Bitters

In addition to making homemade shrubs, the following recipes also make great cocktails. One quick friendly reminder, make sure to drink responsibly.

To learn more about preserving food through canning, fermenting, curing, and storing fresh, make sure to grab a copy of my book, The Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving the Harvest.

Printable Recipe Card – Cranberry Ginger Drinking Vinegar

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Cranberry Ginger Shrub

A cranberry ginger shrub is an ideal beverage and used for both, adult cocktails and mocktails. This cranberry ginger drinking vinegar is a delightful tart beverage full of antibiotics and probiotics.
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry ginger shrub, Drinking Vinegar

Equipment

  • ½ gallon Mason jar
  • Muddler Small Saucepan
  • Spatula
  • Jar Funnel
  • fine mesh Sieve
  • Swing Top Bottle or quart Mason jar

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh Cranberries or frozen
  • 6 2-inch strips fresh Orange rind
  • 2 tbsp grated Ginger or 1 2-inch piece cut into strips
  • ½ cup Water
  • ½ cup organic Sugar
  • 1 cup raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan bring to boil the first 5 ingredients. Continue to boil at medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Once completely cooled, add raw apple cider vinegar and mix well.
  • Store in refrigerator for 3 days, gently shaking the ½ gallon jar once a day.
  • On day 3, using a fine mesh sieve, strain the cranberry mixture into a swing top bottle or mason jar.
  • Store the cranberry ginger drinking vinegar in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

Notes

This delicious cranberry shrub partners well over ice with bourbon. Feel free to modify the recipe to your desired taste.
  • 2 tbsp cranberry shrub
  • Bourbon, as much as you’d like
  • 1 tsp Maple syrup
  • 3/4 dash Citrus Bitters
cranberry ginger shrub
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