Wait, isn’t a shrub what you decorate your front door with? Yes, BUT it is also an old-timey drink made from dark fruits macerated in sugar and vinegar. This sweet, yet acidic syrup was traditionally mixed with water or soda water for a flavorful refresher.
This here cocktail was inspired by the bartenders at our James Beard Award-nominated bar program at Chesapeake & Maine. This scratch-made cocktail begins with our vodka distilled with blueberries. It is then macerated with lightly sweetened balsamic and red wine vinegar to create a blueberry shrub vodka which we then blend with soda water.
The ensuing deep, burgundy-colored libation is juicy and subtly sweet from the blueberries, with a slightly sour and complex fruity character from the vinegar.
So ditch the fancy glassware, mixing equipment and enjoy cold, straight from the can!!
We were so excited about what we were tasting so we submitted it to the Los Angeles Spirits Awards 2020 and it won Best in Show in the ready-to-drink category.
With new American-made copper stills, a veteran distiller and a handcrafted ethos, Dogfish Head Distilling Co. has expanded its distilling program with the launch of its 100% scratch-made spirits line.
Our state-of-the-art distillery is in the center of our Milton campus, giving us access to the same quality ingredients, brewing expertise and equipment used to make Dogfish Head’s off-centered ales.
At the heart of the distilling operation are two 500-gallon copper stripping stills and a 250-gallon copper vodka column, sourced from fourth-generation custom fabricator Vendome Copper & Brass Works in Louisville, KY.