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Fruity Shrub Mixer/Drink

  • Author: Pour Olive
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 1-4 Hours
  • Total Time: 22 minute
  • Yield: 16-32 Servings 1x


With fresh ingredients and our balsamic you’ll make one tasty and healthy drink!

A shrub is a drink made from vinegar and fruit along with other ingredients such as alcohol or sparkling water. This version is “virgin” so feel free to tailor it to you and your guests!

Vinegar has a way of both infusing and pulling out the flavor from ingredients which are steeped in it. This maceration process is simple and delightfully tasty. It’s also a healthy alternative to store bought sweetened drinks.


  • 2 cups of Grapefruit White Balsamic
  • 1 medium cucumber thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 8 cups liquid for mixing- seltzer water, sparkling water, or your choice of alcohol (without sodium added)

Try another version to suit your tastes!

  • 2 cups Peach White Balsamic or Lemon White Balsamic (or any other sweeter balsamic you prefer)
  • 1 cup of sliced/mashed fruit (any mix of berries)
  • 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
  • A sprig of herbs- like basil, rosemary, mint (Opt, whatever you prefer)
  • 8 cups liquid for mixing (your choice!)


  1. In a one liter mason jar or container add the sliced cucumber and lemon. Pour the grapefruit balsamic over the cucumber and lemon and refrigerate for at least one hour or up to four hours. The longer it sits, the more pronounced the flavor of the fruit infusion.
  2. Strain and keep refrigerated and tightly covered for up to two months.
  3. To serve, add 1-2 tablespoons of shrub mix (depending on your preference for sweetness) to 8 oz. of chilled sparkling water. Serve over ice if desired.

Alternate version with different ingredients:

  1. In a seal-able container add the fruit and optional herbs, pour balsamic over the top. Seal and chill in cooler for 1-4 hours.
  2. Strain and reserve syrup in cooler for up to 2 months.
  3. To serve, add 1-2 Tbsp (more or less) to 8oz of chilled seltzer/sparkling water/alcohol till desired flavor is achieved! Serve with ice.


Not big on grapefruit? Change up the type of white balsamic used– try Peach, Coconut, Raspberry, Apricot or Cranberry Pear!

And don’t get stuck on just one or two ingredients, add muddled fruit or other herbs like rosemary or basil.