1 1/2 oz Brandy
3/4 oz Strawberry Shrub
1/2 oz Amaro Montenegro
1/4 oz St. Germain
Hopped Grapefruit Bitters <Bittermen’s>
Stir with ice, strain into rocks glass over ice. Garnish with strawberry wheel.
It’s finally here, the Mixology Monday CX -Vinegar roundup (better late than never, amirite?). It looks like this theme really sparked some creativity, as we had several people with multiple submissions this time around. On to the drinks!
Frederic at Cocktail Virgin (and the Mixology Monday Grand Puba) raided the back of his fridge to find a (vintage?) homemade strawberry shrub from 2009. Apparently it didn’t kill him, so he used it in the Shurgoniz, a shrub/negroni hyrbid.
Joel at Southern Ash pulled on a winning combination as old as time. His Insouciant Tart throws together a peach shrub, bourbon, blanc vermouth (which I really need to get my hands on), and Cappelletti to what sounds like a great success. And I may have embodied his drink name a little too closely as I forgot to include his contribution when I first posted this (again, may bad Joel).
Alma Negra Malt Shop
Christa and Shaun (aka the Boozenerds) took the challenge in its most logical direction and used actual vinegar in both their drinks. The Alma Negra featured balsamic vinegar, grand marnier and cognac. For the Malt Shop (great name), they paired rice vinegar with rice whiskey (!), creme de cacao, simple syrup and agostura bitters. Inspired creations indeed.
Shrub Collins Dirty Cajun Martini
Gary, or Doc Elliott to his readers, was feeling extra creative and whipped up two shots AND two drinks! The shots were a gin, strawberry balsamic black pepper shrub, and Salers combo; and Tequila, lime, tomatillo-serrano-lime shrub that sounds mighty intriguing. On the cocktail side of things, Doc gave us a vermouth based collins with the aforementioned strawberry balsamic black pepper shrub and some lemon juice for extra refreshment. This sounds like quite the day sipper. Finally, he spiced things up again in the Dirty Cajun Martini , using Gin, vermouth, and pickled jalapeno juice for the “dirt”.
Robin from Kitchen Shamanism made the best of some cherries that had passed their prime and concocted a cherry balsamic shrub. She then doubled down on the cherry thing with the Cheree Cheree, a kirschwasser based collins that also had some lemon juice and simple syrup.
You Say Tomato Cool as A…
Garnish Girl (her friends call her Katie), took advantage of her urban garden for her two drinks. A tomato shrub worked its way into the You Say Tomato, which also included gin, grapefruit and Prosecco. Sounds like a lovely brunch cocktail. Emboldened by her success, she made another shrub, this time with cucumber. The Cool as A… puts tequila, cucumber shrub, lime juice and agave on the rocks, with club soda providing the bubbles this time.
Hairy Pits Peaches and Herb
@bobrog (friend of the blog) had a double instagram submission for his peach mint shrub. The Hairy Pits is his take on the classic fuzzy navel. He reached into his record collection for the Peaches and Herb, which utilized some gin and cointreau to compliment his shrub (bonus points for using the album as a backdrop!).
Finally, I also have two drinks to add to the fray using my strawberry shrub. For the Daaar-ryl…Daaar-ryl (pictured at the top of this post), I chose Brandy as the base to match the sweetness of the strawberries, and brought in Montenegro and St. Germain to highlight some of the more floral notes (thanks for the name, Lisa and Bart.) The shrub kept this one nice and bright all the way through, with lots of strawberry on the nose and sip.
Señor del Bosquejo
2 oz Reposado Tequila
3/4 oz Strawberry Shrub
1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1/4 oz Benedictine
Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with strawberry slice.
For the next drink, I had a hunch tequila and strawberry would go well together, so that’s where I started in the Señor del Bosquejo (named after the spanish translation of Mr. Sketch, the scented markers, cuz the strawberry was always my favorite). Some Yellow Chartreuse and Benedictine provided the floral and sweet notes this time, in a completely different way from my first drink. The tartness in the shrub holds everything together. And my gut was right, tequila and strawberry is a lovely combination.
Thanks again to all the participants, and especially Frederic Yarm for keeping this train on track!