Pear Shrub Recipe using Champagne Vinegar

This Asian pear shrub recipe makes a great fall drinking vinegar. The use of champagne vinegar creates a less tart beverage and great pear shrub cocktail.

a pear shrub recipe in a quart size mason jar

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There’s something special and delicious when tart and sweet meet. What emerges from this union is the perfect shrub, or drinking vinegar.

Drinking vinegars, or shrubs, have been around since the 1700’s. However, they have recently gained popularity in the past 3 years. Shrubs are now the base ingredient to many cocktail beverages.

This pear shrub recipe can also be consumed as a mocktail, making it an enjoyable bubbly beverage for people of all ages. A simple mocktail recipe calls for the mixture of sparkling water and the shrub.

The ingredients used to make a drinking vinegar is extremely simple, fruit, a sweetener, and vinegar. Now, add 5 minutes of your time and 5 days of patience. The outcome is a delicious slightly tart, yet sweet, fruit beverage.

Pear Shrub

Shrubs are best when made with the fruits which are in season, and each season brings forth endless opportunities for what can be created. For fall I’ve added this pear shrub recipe to my collection and I am enjoying it as both, a mocktail and as a cocktail.

In addition to the fruit, herbs and spices can be added to create a unique flavor. For example, rosemary added to this recipe would have yielded a very sophisticated flavor. Instead I opted to create a rosemary simple syrup which is added to the cocktail.

The most appealing aspect in creating a shrub is the ability to use various types of vinegars. For a soft subtle flavor white wine or champagne vinegar are great options, whereas raw apple cider or red wine vinegar creates a heartier shrub beverage. 

The type of vinegar used is based on your preference, feel free to experiment with the various vinegars options available.

  • white wine
  • red wine
  • raw apple cider
  • champagne

To date my favorite vinegar to use has been raw apple cider and champagne vinegar. Both provided excellent flavor to any fruit it is partnered with.

Shrub Recipes

There is no limit to the type of fruit, herb, or spice which can be used. Individuals who are new to making shrubs tend to enjoy the flavor of a simple recipe before experimenting with hardier flavors which include spices.

With that said, the following four recipes are great for beginners to try.

An example of mixing fruit with spices is the spiced apple shrub mentioned above. The flavor is outstanding and partners well with bourbon or sparkling water.

Asian Pear Shrub Recipe

This particular pear shrub recipe is made using Asian pears. This fruit holds its texture well and is quite sweet and juicy, all necessary traits for a good shrub recipe.

In addition to Asian pears the following pears are great candidates for this recipe.

  • Bartlett
  • Red Bartlett
  • Comice
  • Concorde
  • Starkrimson

Ingredients

Asian Pear Shrub

Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

Equipment

Instructions

Asian Pear Shrub Recipe

  1. Wash and cut the fruit from the pear, discarding the core.
  2. Place chopped pears into the mason jar, using a muddler gently crush the pears to extract the juices.
  3. In a measuring cup add the sugar and champagne vinegar, making sure to stir well to mix the ingredients.
  4. Add the champagne vinegar mixture to the mason jar, place the plastic lid onto the jar and tighten. Gently turn the jar, allowing the pear and sweetened vinegar to mix.
  5. Store the jar in the refrigerator and continue to gently shake the shrub mixture for the next 5 days.
  6. Strain the shrub into a clean mason jar or a swing top bottle. Reserve the Asian pears and add fresh salad mix.

Rosemary Simple Syrup

  1. In a saucepan add the rosemary sprigs, sugar, and water.
  2. Allow the ingredients to come to boil, reduce heat and continue to simmering for 4 minutes.
  3. Allow the rosemary simple syrup to completely cool. Remove the sprigs of rosemary and place the syrup into a container, store in the refrigerator.
saucepan to make a rosemary simple syrup which is partnered with an Asian pear shrub cocktail.

Asian Pear Shrub Cocktail

There are multiple methods for utilizing this pear shrub recipe, however, the recipe I prefer is rather simple:

Over ice add 1 tablespoon of the rosemary simple syrup, 3 ounces of the pear shrub, and a splash of vodka into a glass. Feel free to add more or less of the ingredients mentioned. To minimize the tartness of the pear shrub add sparkling water.

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Pear Shrub Recipe using Asian Pears

This Asian pear shrub recipe makes a great fall drinking vinegar. The use of champagne vinegar creates a less tart beverage and great pear shrub cocktail.
Prep Time20 mins
Infusion Period5 d
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Aisan Pear Shrub
Servings: 3 cups
Cost: $12

Equipment

  • Wide mouth Quart size Mason Jar
  • wide mouth plastic lid
  • measuring cup, liquid and dry
  • Muddler
  • saucepan

Ingredients

Shrub

  • 2 cups Asian pears chopped and slightly crushed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup champagne vinegar

Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

Asian Pear Shrub

  • Wash and cut the fruit from the pear, discarding the core.
  • Place chopped pears into the mason jar, using a muddler gently crush the pears to extract the juices.
  • In a measuring cup add the sugar and champagne vinegar, making sure to stir well to mix the ingredients. Add the champagne vinegar mixture to the mason jar, place the plastic lid onto the jar and tighten. Gently turn the jar, allowing the pear and sweetened vinegar to thoroughly mix.
  • Store the jar in the refrigerator and continue to gently shake the shrub mixture for the next 5 days.
  • Strain the shrub into a clean mason jar or a swing top bottle. Reserve the Asian pears and add fresh salad mix.

Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • In a saucepan add the rosemary sprigs, sugar, and water.
  • Allow the ingredients to come to boil, reduce heat and continue to simmering for 4 minutes.
  • Allow the rosemary simple syrup to completely cool. Remove the sprigs of rosemary and place the syrup into a container, store in the refrigerator.

Notes

Asian Pear Cocktail
There are multiple methods for utilizing this pear shrub recipe, however, the recipe I prefer is rather simple:
Over ice add 1 tablespoon of the rosemary simple syrup, 3 ounces of the pear shrub, and a splash of vodka into a glass. Feel free to add more or less of the ingredients mentioned. To minimize the tartness of the pear shrub add sparkling water.

CLOSING

Drinking vinegars like this pear shrub recipe is another means available for preserving the harvest. The sweet, tart beverage is refreshing regardless on the season.

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