• On The Menu: Whiskey Cranberry Shrub

    Tis the season for cranberries, you guys. And what better way to get your annual serving than in this whiskey cranberry shrub from Brooklyn Spirits' amazing book of cocktail recipes? This is the ultimate fall-winter party drink: the combination of ginger and cinnamon just feels like autumn in a glass. Also, in case you're wondering, a "shrub" refers to drinks that use vinegar as a key ingredient to get that perfect tart-sweet balance. Live and learn!
    Photos by Max Kelly

    Makes four to six drinks

    8 oz fresh cranberries
    8 oz water
    6 oz sugar (a mix of brown and white)
    1-inch piece of ginger, chopped or minced
    1 cinnamon stick (divided)
    4-8 oz apple cider vinegar
    1.5 oz craft whiskey (We used Breuckelen Distilling’s Rye and Corn Whiskey)


    In a saucepan, combine cranberries, water, sugar, cinnamon stick, and ginger over medium heat. Cook for just about five minutes until cranberries start to break apart but do not thicken.

    Strain this cranberry mixture and reserve the liquid.

    Now it’s time to add the vinegar. This is very much of a “to taste” process. You want the final product to be tart – like lemonade – not mouth-puckering, like lemon juice. The best move here is to start with four ounces, then mix and taste. We usually end up right around 5 ounces liquid per 8 ounces of fruit.

    When you’re happy with the taste of the shrub, place 1 ½ ounces of whiskey in a rocks glass and top with 2 ounces of the shrub, and then finish with 1-2 ounces of club soda or seltzer.

    Garnish with a lemon twist.

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