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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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Estragon Tapas Bar

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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]

Trina's Starlite Lounge

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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]

Merrill & Co.

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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]

Hungry Mother

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#76 - A combination of apple shrub, Becherovka, cinnamon syrup, lemon, and beer. [Photo: Yelp]

Eastern Standard

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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]

Blue Dragon

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Jamaica to St. Croix - Combines pineapple shrub, rums, and dry orange. [Photo: Yelp]

Grill 23 & Bar

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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]

Commonwealth

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The Magic Word - Combines Laird’s Apple Brandy, yellow chartreuse, creole shrub, and tiki bitters. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]

The Sinclair

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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]

Alden & Harlow

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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]

Foundry On Elm

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New Madras - Combines vodka, cinnamon tequila, and a cranberry orange shrub. [Photo: Facebook]

51 Lincoln

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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]

Ribelle

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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]

Craigie on Main

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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]

The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

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

Highball Lounge

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Khaleesi - Pierda Almas mezcal, Lillet Blanc, house orange vermouth, and Hellfire shrub. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]

Caribbean Exile - Combines vodka, pineapple shrub, citrus, and a splash of cava. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

Pastoral

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Autumn Press - Applejack, fall apple shrub, amaro, and lemon. [Photo: Katie Chudy]

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]

Estragon Tapas Bar

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]

Trina's Starlite Lounge

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

Merrill & Co.

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]

Hungry Mother

#76 - A combination of apple shrub, Becherovka, cinnamon syrup, lemon, and beer. [Photo: Yelp]

Eastern Standard

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]

Blue Dragon

Jamaica to St. Croix - Combines pineapple shrub, rums, and dry orange. [Photo: Yelp]

Grill 23 & Bar

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]

Commonwealth

The Magic Word - Combines Laird’s Apple Brandy, yellow chartreuse, creole shrub, and tiki bitters. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]

The Sinclair

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]

Alden & Harlow

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

Foundry On Elm

New Madras - Combines vodka, cinnamon tequila, and a cranberry orange shrub. [Photo: Facebook]

51 Lincoln

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]

Ribelle

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]

Craigie on Main

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]

The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

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

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Highball Lounge

Khaleesi - Pierda Almas mezcal, Lillet Blanc, house orange vermouth, and Hellfire shrub. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]

Toro

Caribbean Exile - Combines vodka, pineapple shrub, citrus, and a splash of cava. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

Pastoral

Autumn Press - Applejack, fall apple shrub, amaro, and lemon. [Photo: Katie Chudy]

Park

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]