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Get Your Shrub On With These 19 Cocktails

Cocktail Week continues with a round-up of shrub-based drinks.

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While the term "shrub" can refer to an old-fashioned fruit liqueur usually made from rum or brandy, sugar, and peels of fruit, nowadays it typically refers to "drinking vinegar." The latter is a sweetened vinegar syrup that is used in cocktails. Here are some places throughout the city where you can give shrub-infused cocktails a try.

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1. Estragon Tapas Bar

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700 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 266-0443
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Delta Dawn - One of the cocktails available is comprised of bourbon, amaretto, peach-ginger shrub, lemon juice, and Angostura bitters. A second cocktail, The Francis, combines pineapple shrub and ginger beer with your choice of Fernet Branca or Averna. [Photo: Facebook]

2. Trina's Starlite Lounge

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3 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 576-0006
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Shrub-a-Dub-Dub - Smooth Ambler rye, mulled apple shrub, and bitters combine to make this cocktail. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

3. Merrill & Co.

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1 Appleton St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 728-0728
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Baby Bird - One of two shrub cocktails, this combines amber rum, pineapple shrub, aperol, and lime. The second cocktail, the Grafoni, consists of gin, campari, sweet vermouth, and orange shrub. [Photo: Katie Chudy]

4. Hungry Mother

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233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave
Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 499-0090
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#76 - A combination of apple shrub, Becherovka, cinnamon syrup, lemon, and beer. [Photo: Yelp]

5. Eastern Standard

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528 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 532-9100
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Pomme d’Amour - Tanqueray Malacca Gin is mixed with a tomato/thyme shrub, grapefruit juice, cinnamon syrup, cava, and a pinch of salt. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]

6. Blue Dragon

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324 A St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 338-8585
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Jamaica to St. Croix - Combines pineapple shrub, rums, and dry orange. [Photo: Yelp]

7. Grill 23 & Bar

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161 Berkeley St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 542-2255
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Our Old Fashioned - This classic drink gets a modern day twist with High West Campfire whiskey, Michigan cherry tart (a shrub), house bitters orange, and Luxardo cherries. [Photo: Chris Coe]

8. Commonwealth

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11 Broad Canal Way
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 945-7030
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The Magic Word - Combines Laird’s Apple Brandy, yellow chartreuse, creole shrub, and tiki bitters. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]

9. The Sinclair

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52 Church St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 547-5200
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Coquette - A blend of Deep Eddy Vodka, house-made raspberry and herb shrub, and lime. A second drink, Ship in a Bottle, combines Privateer Amber Rum, house-made pear and cardamom shrub, pear liqueur, and lemon. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

10. Alden & Harlow

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40 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 864-2100
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Sandhill Crane - St. George Terroir Gin, cranberry/sage shrub, lime, and maple make this drink a success. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]

11. Foundry On Elm

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255 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 628-9999
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New Madras - Combines vodka, cinnamon tequila, and a cranberry orange shrub. [Photo: Facebook]

12. 51 Lincoln

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51 Lincoln St
Newton, MA 02461
(617) 965-3100
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The Shrub-a-Dub-Dub - Rye whiskey, plum and black pepper shrub, absinthe rinse, orange bitters, and orange zest, served chilled and without ice in a rocks glass (aka ‘down’). “The drink is essentially a marrying of ideas between a sazerac and a carthusian shrub,” says lead bartender Emmet Kelty. “It is a strong drink with hints of dark fruits and spice that immediately ends with a warming effect from the shrub and absinthe. Not a drink to be taken lightly.” [Photo: Official Site]

13. Ribelle

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1665 Beacon St
Brookline, MA
Rebel on Acid - “The Rebel on Acid is my play on that shitty 90s shot, back when jager made its way over and everyone went nuts for Surfers on Acid,” says bar manager Sean Woods. “For this cocktail, I make coconut rum, add a generous amount of fernet, and rice fermented pineapple.” [Photo: Nick DiNatale]

14. Craigie on Main

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853 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 497-5511
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Roald’s Traveler - A peach shrub, bourbon, honey, orange, and nutmeg combination. A second drink, the Sherry Cobbler, combines Fino & Amontillado sherry, housemade mango shrub, and seasonal fruit. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

15. The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

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425 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143
(857) 259-6585
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Chet Manly - Combining Plantation 5yr Barbados Rum, housemade melon shrub, mint, lime, and French cider. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

16. Highball Lounge

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90 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 772-5834
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Khaleesi - Pierda Almas mezcal, Lillet Blanc, house orange vermouth, and Hellfire shrub. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]

17. Toro

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1704 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 536-4300
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Caribbean Exile - Combines vodka, pineapple shrub, citrus, and a splash of cava. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

18. Pastoral

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345 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 345-0005
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Autumn Press - Applejack, fall apple shrub, amaro, and lemon. [Photo: Katie Chudy]

19. Park

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59 JFK St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 491-9851
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Fireside Poet - This cocktail combines Corner Creek Bourbon, Creole Shrubb, Santa Maria al Monte, Marasche Syrup, and Whiskey-barrel aged bitters. (A reader writes in to say that Creole Shrubb is not vinegar-based; it's an orange liqueur with agricole rhum and spices.) [Photo: Facebook]

1. Estragon Tapas Bar

700 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118
Delta Dawn - One of the cocktails available is comprised of bourbon, amaretto, peach-ginger shrub, lemon juice, and Angostura bitters. A second cocktail, The Francis, combines pineapple shrub and ginger beer with your choice of Fernet Branca or Averna. [Photo: Facebook]
700 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118

2. Trina's Starlite Lounge

3 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143
Shrub-a-Dub-Dub - Smooth Ambler rye, mulled apple shrub, and bitters combine to make this cocktail. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
3 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143

3. Merrill & Co.

1 Appleton St, Boston, MA 02116
Baby Bird - One of two shrub cocktails, this combines amber rum, pineapple shrub, aperol, and lime. The second cocktail, the Grafoni, consists of gin, campari, sweet vermouth, and orange shrub. [Photo: Katie Chudy]
1 Appleton St
Boston, MA 02116

4. Hungry Mother

233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave, Cambridge, MA 02141
#76 - A combination of apple shrub, Becherovka, cinnamon syrup, lemon, and beer. [Photo: Yelp]
233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave
Cambridge, MA 02141

5. Eastern Standard

528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
Pomme d’Amour - Tanqueray Malacca Gin is mixed with a tomato/thyme shrub, grapefruit juice, cinnamon syrup, cava, and a pinch of salt. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]
528 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

6. Blue Dragon

324 A St, Boston, MA 02210
Jamaica to St. Croix - Combines pineapple shrub, rums, and dry orange. [Photo: Yelp]
324 A St
Boston, MA 02210

7. Grill 23 & Bar

161 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116
Our Old Fashioned - This classic drink gets a modern day twist with High West Campfire whiskey, Michigan cherry tart (a shrub), house bitters orange, and Luxardo cherries. [Photo: Chris Coe]
161 Berkeley St.
Boston, MA 02116

8. Commonwealth

11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge, MA 02142
The Magic Word - Combines Laird’s Apple Brandy, yellow chartreuse, creole shrub, and tiki bitters. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]
11 Broad Canal Way
Cambridge, MA 02142

9. The Sinclair

52 Church St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Coquette - A blend of Deep Eddy Vodka, house-made raspberry and herb shrub, and lime. A second drink, Ship in a Bottle, combines Privateer Amber Rum, house-made pear and cardamom shrub, pear liqueur, and lemon. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
52 Church St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

10. Alden & Harlow

40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Sandhill Crane - St. George Terroir Gin, cranberry/sage shrub, lime, and maple make this drink a success. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]
40 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

11. Foundry On Elm

255 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144
New Madras - Combines vodka, cinnamon tequila, and a cranberry orange shrub. [Photo: Facebook]
255 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144

12. 51 Lincoln

51 Lincoln St, Newton, MA 02461
The Shrub-a-Dub-Dub - Rye whiskey, plum and black pepper shrub, absinthe rinse, orange bitters, and orange zest, served chilled and without ice in a rocks glass (aka ‘down’). “The drink is essentially a marrying of ideas between a sazerac and a carthusian shrub,” says lead bartender Emmet Kelty. “It is a strong drink with hints of dark fruits and spice that immediately ends with a warming effect from the shrub and absinthe. Not a drink to be taken lightly.” [Photo: Official Site]
51 Lincoln St
Newton, MA 02461

13. Ribelle

1665 Beacon St, Brookline, MA
Rebel on Acid - “The Rebel on Acid is my play on that shitty 90s shot, back when jager made its way over and everyone went nuts for Surfers on Acid,” says bar manager Sean Woods. “For this cocktail, I make coconut rum, add a generous amount of fernet, and rice fermented pineapple.” [Photo: Nick DiNatale]
1665 Beacon St
Brookline, MA

14. Craigie on Main

853 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Roald’s Traveler - A peach shrub, bourbon, honey, orange, and nutmeg combination. A second drink, the Sherry Cobbler, combines Fino & Amontillado sherry, housemade mango shrub, and seasonal fruit. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
853 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139

15. The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

425 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143
Chet Manly - Combining Plantation 5yr Barbados Rum, housemade melon shrub, mint, lime, and French cider. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
425 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143

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16. Highball Lounge

90 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02108
Khaleesi - Pierda Almas mezcal, Lillet Blanc, house orange vermouth, and Hellfire shrub. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]
90 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02108

17. Toro

1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
Caribbean Exile - Combines vodka, pineapple shrub, citrus, and a splash of cava. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
1704 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

18. Pastoral

345 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
Autumn Press - Applejack, fall apple shrub, amaro, and lemon. [Photo: Katie Chudy]
345 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210

19. Park

59 JFK St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Fireside Poet - This cocktail combines Corner Creek Bourbon, Creole Shrubb, Santa Maria al Monte, Marasche Syrup, and Whiskey-barrel aged bitters. (A reader writes in to say that Creole Shrubb is not vinegar-based; it's an orange liqueur with agricole rhum and spices.) [Photo: Facebook]
59 JFK St
Cambridge, MA 02138

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