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Easy shrub sparkler

Easy “Shrub” Sparkler

  • Author: She's Almost Always Hungry
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


This refreshing, bubbly drink will get you through warm summer days (and nights). Make a batch of the base so you can whip up a drink at a moment’s notice. This recipe is expanded upon Marisa McClellan recipe on Food in Jars.



1 cup jam

1/2 cup apple cider or balsamic vinegar

812 cups sparkling water

Mint, basil, fresh ginger (optional)


For the shurb base:

In a bowl, combine the jam and vinegar. Taste the mixture and adjust the balance as needed – Too sweet? Add more vinegar. Too astringent? Add more jam. Keep in mind, the mixture will be strong as it is meant to be diluted with sparkling water.

Optional: strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve.

Store this base mixture in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

For the shrub sparkler:

Place 3 tablespoons of the shrub base mixture in a glass. Muddle in any fresh herbs or ginger, as desired. Top with 1-1½ cups of sparkling water, to taste. Stir to mix and garnish with fresh herbs or fruit slices.

Optional: you could also add a splash of alcohol, like an aromatic gin, citrus vodka, or limoncello, if desired.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 121.29
  • Sugar: 20.67 g.
  • Sodium: 88.88 mg.
  • Fat: 0.03 g.
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 29.42 g.
  • Fiber: 0.47 g.
  • Protein: 0.16 g.
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: jam, vinegar, sparkling water