The Hot Pink

[Photograph: Autumn Giles]

Inspired by my favorite way to eat beets—with horseradish and a cider vinegar dressing—this savory beet shrub is a great match for a juniper-forward gin like Tanqueray. The finished product here has just a touch of heat from the horseradish.

As I've made more shrubs for cocktails, I've found that I often prefer something with less than a 1:1 ratio of syrup to vinegar. I definitely went light on the vinegar here, but you can add more to your taste if desired.

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The Hot Pink

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 drink, makes 1 cup shrub syrup, enough for about 20 drinks
Active time:15 minutes
Total time:3 days
Special equipment:cocktail shaker, quart jar
This recipe appears in: 3 Beet Cocktails to Make at Home


  • For the Beet, Celery, and Horseradish Shrub Syrup:
  • 6 ounces celery, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 medium beet (4 ounces), peeled and grated
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh horseradish, tightly packed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • For the Hot Pink Cocktail:
  • 3/4 ounce Beet, Celery, and Horseradish Shrub
  • 2 ounces Tanqueray gin
  • 3 ounces seltzer


  1. 1

    For the Beet, Celery, and Horseradish Shrub Syrup: Combine the celery, beets, horseradish, sugar, and salt in a quart jar. Shake to combine and refrigerate for 72 hours, shaking once a day to help dissolve the sugar.

  2. 2

    Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve, pressing the solids to extract as much of the syrupy liquid as possible. Discard solids and add the vinegar to the syrup. Refrigerate until ready to use.

  3. 3

    For the Hot Pink Cocktail: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add shrub syrup and gin. Shake until well-chilled, about 20 seconds.

  4. 4

    Strain into an ice-filled highball glass, top with seltzer, stir to combine and serve.


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