Blackberry & Strawberry Shrub

Shrubs (the drink not the plants) are kind of trendy right now but in actual fact, they have been around for a long time. Vinegar shrubs can be traced back to the 17th century when in England vinegar was used to preserve fruit and berries for the winter. The fruit-infused vinegar was then strained out and drank for medicinal purposes. It was believed that vinegar shrubs could revitalize the heart and cure disease.

Those 17th century peeps were not really wrong. The benefits of drinking shrubs include liver detoxification, blood sugar stabilization, fighting free radicals and digestion ease, among others.

Shrubs sort of fell out of favor in the mid-20th century when sugary drinks like Coca-Cola became popular. But today, we are a little more conscientious of what we put in our bodies.

Nowadays, mocktails are all the rage and these Blackberry & Strawberry Shrub mocktails are not only good for you, but delicious.

We used Marukan Genuine Brewed Rice Vinegar in this recipe – I find it lighter than other vinegars resulting in a tastier beverage.

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Blackberry Shrub

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Drinks
Servings: 4 Cups
Calories: 442kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


For servings:

  • Sparkling water
  • Blackberries
  • Mint leaves


  • Bring berries, sugar, and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Skim off any scum that has accumulated on top of the mixture.
  • Add vinegar and simmer for 5 minutes on low heat. Cool and strain into a glass container. Refrigerate for as long as 3 months.
  • To serve, fill a glass with ice, fill halfway with shrub, fill the rest of the way with sparking water, and add berries and mint to garnish.


Nutrition Facts
Blackberry Shrub
Amount Per Serving
Calories 442 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0.04g0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 46mg1%
Carbohydrates 109g36%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 106g118%
Protein 0.3g1%
Vitamin A 36IU1%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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