The Hot Pink Recipe

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.

Recipe Details

The Hot Pink Recipe

Active 15 mins
Total 0 mins
Serves 1 serving


For the Beet, Celery, and Horseradish Shrub Syrup:

  • 6 ounces celery, sliced 1/4 inch thick

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

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

Special Equipment

Cocktail shaker, quart jar

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
292 Calories
0g Fat
40g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 292
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 257mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 37g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 61mg 303%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 307mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)