RECIPE: The Burning Shrub Cocktail

Submitted by: Tara Heffernon (Bar Manager at Spoonbar in Healdsburg, CA)

Shrub cocktails are all the rage these days! The true magic of a shrub is that the sugar naturally extracts the juices from the fruit or vegetable (we'll be using Jalapeno for this particular recipe). Vinegar rounds out the process by preserving the sweetness and shrubs keep in the fridge for weeks!

First, prepare the Jalapeno Shrub

  • Use equal parts Jalapeno, Sugar, and Vinegar
  • Halve jalapenos and blend on high for 10 seconds.
  • Mix blended jalapeno with sugar and refrigerate for 3 hours to 3 days. The sugar will naturally pull the juices out from the jalapeno; the longer you let it sit, the more juice will be extracted.
  • Pour vinegar into the container and stir briskly with your whisk. The goal is to make the fruit, sugar and vinegar are thoroughly mixed.
  • Strain the mixture into an empty container (discard the solids) and you've got your shrub! You can use your shrub right away, or wait a few hours to let the vinegar mellow out a bit.
burningshrubcocktail_spoonbar-(2).jpgIngredients for the cocktail:
  • 1 1/2 oz Frida Blanco Tequila
  • 1/4 oz Mezcal
  • 1/4 oz Jalapeno Shrub
  • 1/3 oz  Agave Nectar
  • 3/4 oz Lime juice
  • 1/4 oz Grapefruit juice
Combine all ingredients, shake until chilled and mixed, strain over fresh ice and enjoy!