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Shrubs were originally made in Colonial America.
They typically combined rum and a gastrique, a syrup made with vinegar, sugar and, often, seasonal fruits such as strawberries.
Put the ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Add both rums and the gastrique and shake well. Strain the drink into a crushed ice-filled highball glass and garnish with the strawberry.
Makes about 8 ounces.
In a medium saucepan, stir 1-1/3 cups superfine sugar into 1-1/3 cups hot water until dissolved. Add 2 cups halved hulled strawberries and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Add 1 cup balsamic vinegar, increase the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until thickened, about 30 minutes. Let the gastrique cool, then strain into a jar, cover and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.
This page created August 2009