I saw something about this on one of my favorite blogs and I wanted to try it. And this summer we have a wild blackberry bush growing up inside one of our landscaping bushes, and since we didn’t get it out before it bloomed, I decided that we were going to take advantage of it, and I was going to pick the berries every day. So we’ve been eating blackberries like crazy, and I have been freezing the extras. And we have been drinking Blackberry Shrubs every day this hot summer! It has a strong sweet-tart blackberry taste, and it’s very refreshing on a hot hot day. Shrubs can be made from almost anything so I’m going to try peaches next. I’m sorry I didn’t think about this during strawberry and cherry seasons earlier this spring.
1 C crushed blackberries
1 C sugar
1 C apple cider vinegar
Mix together blackberries and sugar and store in refrigerator for up to a week, stirring every day to dissolve sugar. Strain blackberry/sugar mixture and add vinegar. Stir to make sure that the sugar is dissolved, and store in refrigerator for a couple of weeks.
To drink, put about 1/4 to 1/3 inch of the shrub (to taste – it’s pretty intense) in the bottom of a tall glass. Add club soda and ice, stir to mix and enjoy! This made enough for 18 tall glasses.