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Strawberry Shrub Gin Cocktail

This Strawberry-Vanilla Shrub Gin Cocktail is the new Colonial Gin-n-Juice!


  • 2 cups Strawberries hulled and quartered
  • 2 cups Granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Vanilla bean paste
  • 2 cups Cabernet vinegar or champagne vinegar
  • 1.5 to 2 ounces Gin
  • Ice
  • Seltzer


  • Place the strawberries in a large bowl or container. Crush the berries lightly with a muddler or back of a spoon. Cover the fruit with granulated sugar and vanilla bean paste. Stir to combine. Cover and place in the fridge for at least 24 hours. After about 24 hours the fruit will be surrounded by syrup. Strain the fruit from the syrup, pressing down on the solids to extract as much syrup as possible. Discard the fruit or save it for another use. Add cabernet vinegar and stir to combine. Cover and place in the refrigerator for about a week or so, stirring and tasting once per day until you reach desired flavor balance. At first the shrub will smell and taste super pungent. Don’t worry, it mellows with time and what you’ll have is a super cool balance of fruit, vinegar, and sugar. To serve – Add a couple of tablespoons of strawberry vanilla shrub to a glass. Add gin. Stir. Add ice and top with seltzer.