Raspberry Shrub

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This old-fashioned, refreshing summertime drink is adapted from Sally Lesh's Gustavus Inn Cookbook. Try pouring some over ice cream or add a tablespoon or two to berry pie filling.

  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 6 cups raspberries
  • Sugar

1. In a nonreactive bowl, pour vinegar over raspberries. Let stand, covered with a clean cloth or cheesecloth, for 24 to 48 hours (the mixture will become very strong smelling). Strain with a fine-mesh sieve, carefully pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard seeds. Measure liquid (there should be about 2 cups).

2. In a medium saucepan, add liquid and for every 2 cups liquid, 1 scant cup sugar. Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. Cool, pour into glass jars, and cover tightly. As it ages, the shrub will take on a syruplike consistency. Keep in a cool dark place until needed; raspberry shrub will keep for months if refrigerated.

3. To serve: In a tall glass filled with ice cubes, pour 2 tablespoons shrub; fill glass with cold water, seltzer water, lemonade, or ginger ale.

Makes 2 cups

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