Berry Shrub

By: Co+op

Recipe Information

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Total Time: 24 hours total; 30 minutes active

Servings: 10

You don’t have to ferment your own beverages to reap the benefits of probiotic drinks. In this easy shrub, active apple cider vinegar provides a bit of good bacterial culture as well as tartness to balance the sweet berries and sugar.


  • 6 ounces fresh raspberries, blueberries or blackberries, washed
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup active apple cider vinegar
  • Ice and club soda, to serve


  1. In a two-cup storage container with a lid, mash the berries with a wooden spoon. Stir in the sugar and vinegar, then cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  2. Place a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl and strain the fruit, pressing with a spoon to extract all the liquids. Discard (or eat) the pulp.
  3. Store the liquid in the refrigerator for up to a week, tightly covered, before serving. To serve, place two tablespoons of shrub in a glass, fill with ice, then add club soda to top it off. Stir and serve.

Serving Suggestion

Skewer fresh berries and freeze to make a fun stir-stick that can be enjoyed with the drink.

Nutritional Information

70 calories, 0 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 0 mg. sodium, 17 g. carbohydrate, 1 g. fiber, 0 g. protein

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