Honey Blackberry Shrub Punch

Honey Blackberry Shrub Punch

[Photo: Heather Meldrom]

The blackberry shrub syrup base in this recipe makes a double batch. Make a second pitcher or forego the alcohol and mix with seltzer for a refreshing soda!

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  • Yield:makes 4 servings, plus extra shrub syrup
  • Active time: 10 minutes
  • Total time:1 hour 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • For the Shrub:
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • For the Cocktail:
  • 8 ounces bourbon
  • 6 large sprigs mint
  • 4 cups ice
  • 2 cups seltzer, chilled

Directions

  1. 1.

    For the Shrub: In a glass or plastic container with a lid, combine berries and honey. Add vinegar and water and stir gently until honey is dissolved and berries have begun to release juices, being careful not to mash berries. Cover and refrigerate overnight or up to 1 week.

  2. 2.

    For the Cocktail: Transfer half of shrub mixture (with berries) to a large pitcher. Reserve remaining shrub for later use. Add bourbon and mint to shrub. Lightly bruise mint with a wooden spoon.

  3. 3.

    Add ice and seltzer to pitcher. Stir gently to combine and serve immediately.