Shrubs, historically known as drinking vinegars, can be used to create refreshing cocktails, mocktails, and dressings.
If you have been anywhere near the handcrafted cocktail scene, you may be aware of the term shrub. From the Arabic “sherab”—meaning beverage or ‘to drink’—shrubs are sweetened, versatile drinking vinegars used to create flavorful cocktails and more.
Carlton Chamblin, founder of Farm2Cocktail, says he is a lot like the ingredients he uses to create his shrub mixers—tantalizing, refreshing and versatile. His personable approach to mixology makes him the ideal ambassador of the brand. The logo, a rooster weathervane positioned atop a martini glass, helps tell the brand’s unique story.
Shrubs, concocted by blending sweetened fruit with vinegar, were popular during America’s colonial era and considered a thirst quencher for agrarian workers. Today, shrubs create refreshing cocktails, vinaigrettes and marinades. Farm2Cocktail flavors include cucumber mint, strawberry peppercorn, vanilla pear and peach lavender. For those who want a refreshing drink but prefer to go without the alcohol, try a shrub with still or sparkling water.
Farm2Cocktail is based in the north Georgia mountains in Rabun County. Known to many as Georgia’s Farm-to-Table capital, it’s where you can enjoy a taste of history and start creating.