Sweet & Spicy Golden Beet Shrub Cocktail
 
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Shrubs are old-fashioned drinking vinegars that are making a big comeback in handcrafted specialty cocktails. These vinegary additions are usually made with fruit, vinegar, and sugar and can be used deliciously in cocktails, sparkling sodas, and salad dressings.
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Serves: 1 cocktail
Ingredients
  • Golden Beet Shrub
  • 5 medium golden beets, tops removed, scrubbed clean, and diced
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pickling spices
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Cocktail
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced
  • premium vodka
  • chilled seltzer
Instructions
  1. To a blender, add the beets and vinegars; process until puréed.
  2. Using a rubber spatula, press the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a non-reactive container with a tight fitting lid (a canning jar works perfectly). Discard solids.
  3. Add the sugar, pickling spices, and salt to the beet-vinegar liquid. Stir to combine, seal with lid, and let sit at room temperature for a day.
  4. Strain liquid through a fine mesh strainer and refrigerate liquid in a sealed container until ready to use.
  5. For each cocktail, muddle a few slices of the jalapeño pepper in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and add 2-ounces of the golden beet shrub and 2-ounces premium vodka. Shake well and strain into a chilled ice-filled glass. Add seltzer to fill the glass and garnish with additional jalapeño slices.
Notes
Beet shrub adapted from Shrubs: An Old-Fashioned Drink for Modern Times by Michael Dietsch
Recipe by GreenThumbWhiteApron.com at http://www.greenthumbwhiteapron.com/sweet-spicy-golden-beet-shrub-cocktail/