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Fall Fizz: Cinnamon Apple Cider Shrub

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This recipe utilizes both the unfermented sweet cider and the product of the fermentation for a really tart, warm-spiced shrub. Rum is the best thing to mix with this, or make a refreshing spritzer with two ounces of shrub, a few ounces of Lillet and a splash of seltzer.

Reprinted with permission from Vinegar Revival

 

Fall Fizz: Cinnamon Apple Cider Shrub

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes plus 3 days
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy
  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 pints

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh apple cider (the fresher, the better)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade apple cider vinegar, or store-bought
  • 1 3-inch cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Directions

For the shrub
  1. In a small nonreactive saucepan, mix the cider with the sugar and vinegar. Stir in the cinnamon stick, ginger and nutmeg.

  2. Heat to a simmer over medium heat and then pour the entire mixture into a clean quart-sized mason jar with a tightfitting lid, seal the jar, and refrigerate for 3 days.

  3. Strain out the solids, discard, and use the shrub immediately. It will keep tightly sealed in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.