Blueberry-Bourbon Shrub


This drink starts with a simple shrub--a tart, fruity liquid you make ahead and can also sip straight up or with seltzer.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
1 drink


Blueberry Shrub:

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup red wine vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon whole black peppercorns


  • ice cubes

  • 1 ½ fluid ounces bourbon

  • 3 fluid ounces ginger beer

  • blueberries

  • lime wedge


  1. Puree blueberries, sugar, and red wine vinegar in a blender. Add peppercorns. Chill shrub, covered, 4 hours to 2 days. Strain.

  2. In a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice, combine 2 fluid ounces blueberry shrub and bourbon. Shake until very cold.

  3. Strain into an ice-filled pint glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with additional blueberries or a lime wedge.

Editor's Note:

Shrub recipe makes 1 2/3 cups, enough for 7 drinks or cocktails. It keeps up to 3 weeks, chilled. Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of shrub. The actual amount consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1099 Calories
1g Fat
258g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 1099
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 258g 94%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 227g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 35mg 176%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 464mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.