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Honey-Ginger Shrub Syrup

I promise you, vinegar can actually taste delicious in a drink! Shrubs are drinks made with vinegar simple syrups mixed with juice, water, or alcohol. The honey-ginger shrub syrup is super easy to make—just make a simple syrup, which is equal parts water and sugar. Add in any spices, fruits, herbs, etc. to the mix and simmer. Then you strain and add in half as much vinegar as you have syrup! Rice vinegar is a pantry staple of mine and the secret ingredient in this shrub syrup. I used @Nakanoflavors Toasted Sesame Rice Vinegar to add tangy flavor to the syrup! This syrup is then used to make a shrub! It’s a tart, bright and refreshing drink that’s perfect for summer! Have you ever had a shrub? Look for NAKANO Rice Vinegars at your local Walmart and other retailers (?) and give them a try.

Yield: 5-8 shrubs servings | Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

Syrup

  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cup sliced ginger, unpeeled
  • ⅓ cup NAKANO® Toasted Sesame Vinegar

Shrub for 1

  • 5-6 mint leaves
  • 1 tsp. sugar (or to taste)
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1.5 oz. honey-ginger shrub syrup
  • Ice
  • Sparkling water (lime or unflavored)
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Directions

  1. In a saucepan, add water, honey, sugar and ginger. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  3. Strain out the ginger and add the NAKANO Toasted Sesame Vinegar (I strained out the Sesame Seeds, but you don’t have to!).
  4. Stir and set aside.
  5. Store in fridge for up to two weeks in a clean, airtight container.
  6. Add mint and sugar to a glass and muddle.
  7. Add lime juice and stir until sugar dissolves.
  8. Add in honey-ginger shrub syrup and mix well.
  9. Top with ice and sparkling water.
  10. Gently stir and garnish with mint before serving. Enjoy this delicious shrub!

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