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Soiree Amaretto & strawberry shrub

Soiree Amaretto & strawberry shrub

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A shrub isn’t just a name for small trees but it’s also a tasty concoction, a bit like a cordial, made by preserving the juice from fresh fruit with vinegar, then counteracting the sourness with sugar. It can also be made the other way around - using sugar to first preserve the fruit and then balancing the flavour afterwards with vinegar. Either way, the result is a delicious, sharp/sour syrup which is a fantastic base for snazzy cocktails and mocktails.

I’ve used the key ingredients of shrub making; fruit, sugar and vinegar to create the base for a tasty summer cocktail that’s just right for a sunny evening with friends. The combination of the strawberry shrub, lemon juice and the smoothness of Soiree Amaretto results in a sweet, fruity cocktail, perfect to serve after, or even instead of, dessert.

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To create the shrub simply tip the strawberry pieces into a large bowl and sprinkle over the sugar. Leave to stand for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. The sugar will start to draw the juice from the strawberries and the sugar will start to dissolve into it
2
After an hour, press the strawberry and sugar mixture through a metal sieve into a large jug or bowl. Press firmly with the back of a spoon to get as much juice out through the sieve as possible. Add the vinegar to the resulting liquid and stir well (discard the strawberry pulp in the sieve)
3
Pour the shrub into a cocktail shaker, squeeze in the juice of a lemon, add the Soiree Amaretto and a hand full of ice
4
Shake well, until the outside of the cocktail shaker feels cold then strain into 6 ice filled martini glasses or tumblers. Add sparkling water to taste and serve with fresh strawberries and pineberries
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