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How to Make a Blackberry Shrub

August 10, 2017

It’s hot out there. Cool down and relax with a refreshing late-summer beverage everyone will love. All you need are a handful of ingredients and some time to prep this ingenious infusion of fresh Northwest ingredients. The recipe makes about 1 ½ pints. You’ll find a step-by-step list just below the video.


  • 1 pound fresh blackberries
  • 2 ¼ cups sugar
  • 1 ½ cups white wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)


Clean and sort through your blackberries. Remove leaves, twigs, and mold. Pile the fruit in a large bowl. Add the sugar and toss together. Cover the bowl and let it sit on the counter overnight.

Next, you’ll be straining the fruit by lining a colander or large strainer with cheesecloth. Set that over a wide-mouth jar or clean bowl. Ladle the fruit and juices into the colander and strain the juice into the jar below. Press the fruit juices to extract as much as possible.

Mix the sweetened juice with the vinegar. Add small amounts of sugar or vinegar to achieve your desired flavor.

Pour the shrub into a clean bottle or jar, seal tight, and refrigerate. Now, you simply use your shrub to create fun beverages like the ones below.

Blackberry Refresher with Lemon & Thyme

Fill medium glass with ice, add 1 oz. blackberry shrub, then top off with soda water and pair with lemon zest. Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme.

Blackberry Lemonade

Fill tall glass with ice, add 2 oz. blackberry shrub then top with lemonade. Garnish with a wedge of lemon.

Blackberry Iced Tea

Fill tall glass with ice, add 2 oz. blackberry shrub, then top with your favorite tea. Garnish with a wedge of lemon.

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