Caribbean Shrub

Caribbean Shrub Rum Cocktail


Shrubs were originally made in Colonial America.

They typically combined rum and a gastrique, a syrup made with vinegar, sugar and, often, seasonal fruits such as strawberries.

  • 2 ice cubes, plus crushed ice
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • 1 ounce white rhum agricole
  • 3/4 ounce Strawberry-Balsamic Gastrique
         (recipe below)
  • Small strawberry, for garnish

Put the ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Add both rums and the gastrique and shake well. Strain the drink into a crushed ice-filled highball glass and garnish with the strawberry.


Strawberry-Balsamic Gastrique

Makes about 8 ounces.

  • 1-1/3 cups superfine sugar
  • 1-1/3 cups hot water
  • 2 cups halved hulled strawberries
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar

In a medium saucepan, stir 1-1/3 cups superfine sugar into 1-1/3 cups hot water until dissolved. Add 2 cups halved hulled strawberries and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Add 1 cup balsamic vinegar, increase the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until thickened, about 30 minutes. Let the gastrique cool, then strain into a jar, cover and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

  • from: 
    FOOD & WINE Cocktails '09
  • by FOOD & WINE
  • Time Inc Home Entertainment 2009
  • Paperback; 223 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1603208119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603208116
  • Reprinted by permission.

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