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Hi Friends! How are you today?
I’m actually feeling rather giddy. It’s going to be a beautiful, sunny day. And I’ve got all the ingredients for these Blackberry-Ginger Shrub Rum Cocktails at the ready (I’ve also got a container of this Blackberry-Chocolate Chip Ice Cream in my freezer – yahoo!). My Thirsty Thursday is shaping up rather nicely, if I do say so myself. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating!
Let’s talk about shrubs for a second. Not the short, green, leafy plants. But the “acidulated beverages” that were popular back in the colonial days. Have you heard of them?
Shrubs were once used as a way to preserve natures bounty of seasonal fruits (before the advent of modern refrigeration), but now they have become a rather trendy addition to both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages alike. You’ll find shrubs listed as an ingredient on modern cocktail menus. And in mason jars lining the shelves of all your mixologist friend’s refrigerators.
In fact, they have become so popular lately, that I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that this was my first time making one. The whole process was so easy (and the final results so tasty!) that I know I’ll be “shrubbing” on a regular basis from here on out. I followed the tips and instructions from this Serious Eats article. It’s got a lot of great information that I recommend checking out if you’re planning to embark on your own shrubbing journey.
Shrubs require very few ingredients to make. So definitely make sure you’re using the best ingredients that you can get your hands on. I’m so happy to be partnering with Driscoll’s for today’s recipe. Their gorgeous, juicy blackberries created one heck of a rich and flavorful shrub!
This blackberry-ginger shrub is the perfect mixer for all kinds of cocktail recipes. But I’m partial to combining it with some ginger beer, white rum and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. It’s fruity and refreshing and a wonderful way to say “cheers” to Spring! Oh and don’t forget to grab an extra package of Driscoll’s blackberries for garnishing your cocktail glasses. Because presentation is key!