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I'm always fascinated by how cocktails get their names-- and also after browsing my reasonable share of bar menus, there is one term specifically I've constantly pondered: the shrub. What makes a drink a shrub? As well as just how did this word, which I associate with a well-groomed yard, come to be connected with mixed drinks?
" Shrub" is really the name of 2 various alcohol-related beverages, as well as vinegar plays a pretty large function in this drink's history. One kind is a fruit liqueur that was specifically popular in 17th century England, made with rum or brandy, sugar, fruit and also citrus juice-- though vinegar was made use of as opposed to citrus to maintain berries in the off-season. This liqueur would certainly after that be combined with flat or sparkling water to create an alcoholic drink. The other sort of shrub is a sweetened vinegar-based syrup that can be made use of to make a drink-- this is additionally called "drinking vinegar," and also is typically instilled with fruit juice, herbs and also spices.
The history of words "shrub" originates from the Arabic sharbah, which suggests "a beverage," though "sherbet" and "syrup also come from this origin. Do I pick up a motif? Shrubs extend back to the Babylonians, who mixed date vinegar right into water to make it risk-free to consume, as well as the Romans, who created posca from incorporating vinegar and water.