Bright. Bold. Balanced. Bartenders know that sour is the new star. If your cocktail or soda water needs a fresh dose of flavor, shrubs are the answer.
These mixtures of vinegar, sugar, and fruits or vegetables have been enjoyed throughout history and across cultures, from the Ancient Babylonians and Romans, to China, England, and beyond. Now they’re back—better, brighter, bolder, and more balanced than ever. Each of our brand-new Experimental Shrub Syrups is laced with a few drops of in-house bitters, adding a dose of complexity to an ancient formula.
How do you make a shrub beverage?
An easy way to mix up a mocktail or cocktail is 1 part shrub to 2-3 parts seltzer or sparkling water, or ginger beer! You can also experiment with complementary liquors and liqueurs, as well as add garnish of some fresh fruit!
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About the new Shrub Syrups in the kit:
CHAMPAGNE LYCHEE: Lychee’s everlasting sweetness is balanced out by Champagne vinegar for a bright and floral addition to a cold glass of anything bubbly—sparkling water, a Gin and Tonic, or, yes, Champagne! Makrut lime leaf bitters and burnt mandarin orange peel add complex, rounded citrus notes.
BOURBON PEACH: A playful nod to peach cobbler built to amp up your soda water. Bourbon Peach is full of warm baking spices and late summer peach flavor topped off with tingly green Sichuan peppercorn and oaky clove bourbon bitters. Does Michael Bublé’s soda have bourbon bitters? We think not.
MEZCAL MANGO: Sweet and tropical with a kick, this shrub syrup marries ripe mango with Riesling and white balsamic vinegars, Persian lime, ginger, and jalapeño. Black pepper mezcal bitters are the secret star here, though, bringing a backbone of lightly smoky spice that ties everything together.
STRAWBERRY SAKÉ: Like biting into a perfectly ripened strawberry…if that strawberry also had notes of cardamom and rose. Housemade rose saké bitters made with real rose petals add a subtle floral note and a peerlessly beautiful version of pulp to this fresh and fruity beverage booster.
About Acid League:
Acid League is an inclusive brand with diverse influences and a wide array of products. We explore acidity in all its forms. We make vinegars, condiments, and sauces, and we also make magazines. We work with chefs, bartenders, scientists, and artists. We’re always learning, always exploring, and constantly inspired by this league of collaborators and outside influences, including you, our customers. Welcome to Acid League.
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