How to Make a Grapefruit Shrub

I love a shrub. I’m not talking about the bushes next to your driveway, although I’m fond of some of those. I mean the mixer you make by soaking fruit in vinegar and adding sugar until it becomes a sweet, tart syrup. In my office, we made one from grapefruit, but you can substitute any fruit you find at your local farmstand. When your shrub is ready to drink, add a splash to a vodka and soda (or a gin and soda) for a refreshing surprise!

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Clinton Kelly Grapefruit Shrub

Grapefruit Shrub


  • 2 large Grapefruits, peeled and roughly chopped (approx. 2 cups fruit)
  • 1-1/2 cups vinegar
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar

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  • Remove as much pith from the grapefruit segments as you can. (If using another kind of fruit, like berries, be sure to clean the fruit first.) Put the chopped segments and juice into a clean wide-mouth quart canning jar or any glass container.
  • Add sugar and vinegar. Mix or shake vigorously to dissolve most of the sugar. Push down the fruit until completely covered by vinegar.
  • Cover the container and refrigerate for a few days. Give it a stir once a day, if you remember.
  • Strain the mixture into a clean glass bottle. Use immediately. It should keep in the fridge up to 4 months. (Shake before using.)
  • Add a splash to your favorite vodka or gin and soda.
  • Enjoy responsibly!
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How To Make a Grapefruit Shrub
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