A shrub is a fruit syrup mixed with vinegar. Historically, shrubs were made as a way to preserve fruit to drink, mixed with soda or water. Today, with the addition of different vinegars, sugars, spices, and herbs, shrubs have become a way to preserve and enhance fruit flavor. Use the shrub traditionally with soda water over ice or mix creatively into cocktails. Each sip will be reminiscent of an era when ingenuity surpassed the simple desire to preserve a summer bounty.

Recipe excerpted from The All New Ball® Book of Canning and Preserving, published by Oxmoor House (2016).