I'm constantly captivated by just how mixed drinks obtain their names-- as well as after surfing my fair share of bar menus, there is one term particularly I've constantly pondered: the shrub. What makes a beverage a shrub?
"Shrub" is really the name of 2 different alcohol-related drinks, and also vinegar plays a pretty large function in this drink's background. One kind is a fruit liqueur that was particularly preferred in 17th century England, made with rum or brandy, sugar, fruit and also citrus juice-- though vinegar was used as opposed to citrus to preserve berries in the off-season. This liqueur would certainly after that be blended with flat or carbonated water to develop a mixed drink. The other sort of shrub is a sweetened vinegar-based syrup that can be used to make a drink-- this is likewise called "alcohol consumption vinegar," as well as is generally infused with fruit juice, natural herbs and also spices.
The history of the word "shrub" comes from the Arabic sharbah, which suggests "a beverage," though "sherbet" and "syrup additionally come from this origin. Do I sense a style? Shrubs extend back to the Babylonians, who blended day vinegar right into water to make it secure to drink, as well as the Romans, who produced posca from integrating vinegar as well as water.