This Orange-Spice Shrub is mixed with gin to make a light and festive cocktail. However, aromatic shrubs and club soda make super refreshing non-alcoholic libations too.
- 1 orange (peeled and cut into chunks)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- ⅓ cup roasted shelled pistachios
- 6 whole cloves
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 ½ ounce London dry gin (optional)
- soda water (as needed)
- 1 orange twist (as garnsih)
To make the shrub: In a 1-quart jar, combine the orange chunks, sugar, cinnamon sticks, pistachios, and cloves. Cover and briefly dry shake the ingredients. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours.
The next day, add the vinegar and shake the ingredients until the sugar begins to dissolve and refrigerate another 24 hours. Filter the shrub through a fine-meshed sieve lined with cheesecloth into a clean jar or bottle. This recipe makes more shrub than you need for one cocktail the extra may be stored covered and refrigerated up to six weeks.
To make the cocktail: Fill a double old-fashioned glass with ice cubes. Add gin (if using) and 1-ounce orange-spice shrub, top with soda water to taste. Gently stir then garnish with an orange twist.