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A shrub is a drink mixer you can craft with a few simple ingredients and enjoy a few spoonfuls of at a time in cocktails and mocktails. Shrubs are beautifully colored, refreshing, and far more delicious than anything you can get from a store.
Course: Drinks
Keyword: beverage, cocktail, lemon, meyer lemon, shrub
Author: Jenny Gomes


  • 3 Meyer lemons scrubbed clean
  • 1 cup champagne vinegar*
  • 1 cup sugar


  • Slice lemons and add to the bottom of a wide mouth quart jar or another clean glass jar. Add the sugar and wait 1 hour.
  • Add the champagne vinegar and stir with a wooden spoon until sugar is mostly dissolved.
  • Let shrub rest on the countertop for 3 days. Shake or stir daily.
  • Strain the shrub into a clean jar and store in the refrigerator.
  • *If this cannot be sourced, use the lightest tasting vinegar you can find. Try a white wine vinegar or a rice wine vinegar but remember the champagne vinegar is really delicious.


  • Add 2 tablespoons Meyer Lemon Champagne Shrub to a chilled copper mug. Top with sparkling water and cheers!


Note from the testing kitchen: We made a batch substituting ¾ cup honey for the sugar in this recipe. Jenny suggested using a very mild honey, so as not to overpower the champagne vinegar. Chico’s Pure Honey company recommended their alfalfa honey. The shrub was delicious, so if you prefer another sweetener, experiment!