Cocktail Recipes Using Wozz Infused Vinegar Shrubs

Cocktail Recipes Using Wozz Infused Vinegar Shrubs

What is a Cocktail Vinegar or Shrub?

Adding flavored vinegar or what some call shrubs or tonics to cocktails is not a new trend, in fact, "shrubs" which by definition is "a beverage made by adding acidulated fruit juice to water" have been around since the pre-refrigeration days of the colonial era.  Fruit was preserved in vinegar and mixed with sugar or honey, essentially creating a juice or cordial that could be used to mix in water or alcohol for a simple drink or cocktail.  

Whole Fruits and Aromatic Spices Infused in Non GMO Apple Cider Vinegar For A Healthy Alternative To Traditional Simple Syrup Commonly Used in Cocktails

We started making our finishing vinegars back in 2010 and we follow the same process, we slow infuse fresh whole fruit ingredients in apple cider vinegar, add a bit of sweetness to extract the natural juices from the fruit, add herbs and aromatic spices and then we patiently wait and allow all the flavors to combine before we bottle.  It's a labor of love but the process is worth it.  The resulting vinegars have a slightly thicker consistency, rich natural fresh flavor, vibrant color and just enough sweetness to balance the acidity.   A common addition to many cocktail recipes is to add a simple syrup that you make at home, basically equal parts sugar and water dissolved on the stovetop with added herbs, fruits, vegetables added for whatever flavor you desire.  Our infused vinegars take this step out for you plus we use healthy apple cider vinegar and a medley of antioxidant rich spices in our vinegar shrubs so theirs more involved than just a simple syrup.  Just to note as well, we use all fresh fruits and vegetables in our vinegars, no concentrates and no purees.  So in example in our Lemon Thyme Vinegar Cocktail Mixer, we hand cut all fresh lemons and infuse bunches of fresh fragrant thyme with cider vinegar making it a bright lemony delicious addition to your cocktails. 

Our vinegars are not only served as a tonic for cocktails and seltzer but can be used as a healthy salad dressing for your everyday lunch greens or roasted vegetables but in this blog post we are going to focus on our favorite cocktail recipes using our fruit infused vinegars.  

A Basic Guide To Constructing A Cocktail Using Shrubs

1 -2 ounces of your choice liquor (Gin, Bourbon, Tequila, Vodka)
1-2 ounces of your choice shrub
Top up glass with desired amount of seltzer water.  I like to use no calorie flavored seltzers (lime, lemon, cranberry, strawberry, etc.) 

Garnish with fresh lime. lemon or orange slices or whatever fruit depending on your cocktail
Garnish with fresh sprigs of herbs if desired (thyme sprig, mint leaves, etc)

Serve in low ball glass with ice, stirred. 

{This is a basic shrub cocktail recipe, you can certainly add ingredients such as aromatic bitters, orange juice, ginger beer, ginger ale, champagne, grenadine, etc to your recipes ~ it all just depends on what type of cocktail you are making}

Okay now let's get to the good stuff.

Our Favorite Cocktails Using Wozz! Fruit Infused Vinegar Shrubs

1.  Lemon Thyme Margaritas featuring our Lemon Thyme Vinegar Cocktail Mixer Shrub Recipe

Fresh hand cut lemons and bouquets of fragrant fresh thyme with cider vinegar is how me make this delicious super lemony and fragrant shrub.  It is one of my favorite picks of our vinegar shrubs and can be mixed with Gin, Vodka, Tequila, or Bourbon.  This is definitely my go-to at home cocktail mixer.

 2. Strawberry Rhubarb Mojitos Featuring Spiced Strawberry Rhubarb Vinegar Cocktail Shrub Mixer.

I describe this Strawberry Rhubarb Shrub as "the taste of summer".  Its like strawberry rhubarb pie, intensely strawberry yet a little tart from rhubarb with warm aromatic spices.  It's just so good and it's amaaazing in these mojitos.  I love the combination of strawberries and fresh mint.  This is a summer's day porch cocktail.

 3. Pear Ginger Dark and Stormy Featuring our Spiced Pear Ginger Vinegar Cocktail Shrub

Who doesn't love a good dark and stormy?  Our Spiced Pear Ginger Vinegar Shrub is made with fresh cut pears, peppery ginger root and aromatic spices including star anise and bay leaf.  Mix this with rum, ginger beer and fresh lime.

4.  Grapefruit Tequila Paloma featuring Wozz! Grapefruit Juniper and Honey Shrub. 

Grapefruit Juniper and Honey is another favorite shrub of mine for cocktails. We use ruby red Texas grapefruit in this shrub and the citrus is so refreshing, the juniper and honey along with a touch of bitter from the grapefruit give a nice depth and complexity to this shrub making it a good all rounder for most alcohols from Gin to Bourbon. 

5.  Cranberry Orange Bourbon Cocktail Featuring our Cranberry Saffron Vinegar Shrub Cocktail Mixer

A festive fall and holiday cocktail using Wozz! Cranberry Saffron Vinegar Shrub.  Cranberries infused with fresh orange, warm winter spices, cider vinegar and velvety saffron.  

There you have it, 5 of our favorite cocktails made using our handcrafted slow infused vinegar shrubs.  

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