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Pear Shrub Beauty and the Beets

So I am still trying to get back into the swing of things after a whirlwind trip to Los Angeles for BlogHer16. I feel like I have a mountain of pictures to sort, posts to write and emails to return. I am slowly chipping away at my to-do list, but as I am in the process of getting organized and settled back into the real world I have a recipe to share with you. Homemade Fruit Shrub Soda. And this is because I am trying to wean myself off all the soda I drank in California.

Beauty and the Beets Homemade Fruit Shrub Soda

I made Cranberry Shrub back in February and I ended up with quite a few people inquiring about what other fruit can be used. But first, let me just quickly explain what a shrub beverage is.

Fruit Pear Shrub Beauty and the Beets

Shrub is a beverage made with a  sweetened vinegar, and while that may sound unappealing, hear me out………..

fruit Blueberry Shrub Beauty and the Beets

Vinegar and water are boiled with sugar, fruit and spices, in this case cloves, then muddled and strained into a sweetened flavored simple syrup. Topped with water or seltzer, shrub is often used as a base for handmade soda. And as someone who is trying to wean off a bad cola habit, I welcome anything flavored, fizzy and somewhat sweet.

Shrub Concentrate Beauty and the Beets

I made a batch of blueberry and a batch of pear for this fruit shrub soda but any type of fruit can be used. Apples, grapes, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, grapefruit – well you get the idea. Have fun and experiment. What kind of fruit shrub soda are you going to make?

Homemade Fruit Shrub Soda by Beauty and the Beets

Homemade Fruit Shrub Soda

Homemade Fruit Shrub Soda

Yield: 2 glasses
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

A delicious way to get your cola fix without the chemicals of commercial soda.


  • 1 cup fresh fruit of your choice,, washed and minced if needed (you want bite-sized pieces)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 4 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 3 whole cloves


  1. Add all the ingredients to a deep pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Once the mixture starts to boil, reduce heat and cover.
  3. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes. (if using berries, this will be the point just before the berries begin to collapse)
  4. Remove from heat and cool about 20 minutes.
  5. Press the mixture through a fine strainer into a container and store in the refrigerator about 2 hours.
  6. Divide the mix up between two cocktail glasses filled with ice, top with seltzer water or club soda.

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Fruit Shrub Soda Beauty and the Beets


Helen Corbin

Thursday 18th of August 2016

Very interesting. I wonder how it would be using apple cider vinegar?

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