Party on!

Strawberry and black pepper shrub

Makes 3-4 cups syrup

Nothing is worse then sipping sparkling water while your friends enjoy a cocktail. This syrup does double duty dressing up your water alongside their sparkling wine or vodka cocktail so you’re not left out of the delicious fun.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
  • Vinegar – this is the fun part!*

*From balsamic to white wine and pomegranate, we couldn’t find a vinegar we didn’t like! Experiment and have fun!


  • Stir together sugar and water in a 4 quart saucepan, over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Add strawberries and black peppercorns to sugar syrup. Stir occasionally as fruit releases liquid and returns to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes. Cool and strain through a sieve, pressing on solids.
  • Mix 4 parts fruit syrup to 1 part vinegar. Store in the refrigerator.

There are so many ways to use this. I like a ratio of 2 tbs to 1/2 cup sparkling water for a light, refreshing drink. Muddle some mint and mix the “shrub” with rum or vodka and a splash of bitters for your new favorite spring cocktail.

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