Boysenberry and apple cider vinegar shrub.

Boysenberry and apple cider vinegar shrub

Home made boysenberry and apple cider vinegar shrub, a refreshing alternative to fruit cordials and a perfect mixer for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. 
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Gluten free, Vegan
Prep Time: 5 mins
Servings: 32
Calories: 29kcal


  • 1 heaped cup boysenberries, or other berries (about 220g/0.5lb)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Lemon balm leaves, to garnish (or mint leaves, both optional)


  • Lightly mash fruit and stir through one cup of sugar. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 days, stirring daily. You can leave it on the countertop in cooler climates. 
  • Stir the mixture, then strain the syrupy fruit through a sieve and discard the solids. If there's undissolved sugar, mix it in. 
  • Stir in the vinegar, starting with half a cup and tasting as you go. I used the full cup. 
  • Pour into a bottle with a lid and pop it in the fridge. 
  • Serve about 1 tbsp of shrub syrup in a mixed drink. Try it with soda water, and a splash of vodka or other spirits if you like. Garnish with fresh lemon balm or mint leaves. 


  • Makes about 2 cups of shrub syrup. 
  • Fresh or frozen berries can be used, just defrost them first if using frozen. 

Nutrition information

Calories: 29kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Potassium: 15mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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