Tomato Basil Vinegar/Drinking Vinegar, called a “shrub”

in Beverages,Holidays

Shrubs make refreshing, delicious non alcoholic cocktails, especially in the warmer weather. They have been imbibed for centuries and are coming back around. They are fun to create and tasty to drink! They make a great holiday gift!


  • 1 pint white vinegar
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 6-8 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 pint mason jar

Here’s How:

  1. Place washed whole cherry tomatoes in a pint jar with fresh basil and fill it with vinegar.
  2. Cover and let it sit on the counter for 30-60 days.
  3. Strain liquid and use as you would any vinegar; especially delicious in salad dressings. See below for a few more ideas.

Shrub or Drinking Vinegar Recipe:

  1. Place vinegar in a small heavy sauce pan and bring to simmer.
  2. Add 1/2 -1 cup sugar, stirring until dissolved and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Pour into bottles and use as seasoning for cooking, salad dressing or pour into a glass with a bit of filtered or sparkling water and enjoy as a non-alcoholic cocktail.