New York Shrub Recipe

Wes Rowe

This rye cocktail was developed by Yana Volfson, bar manager at Peels restaurant in New York City. Don't be afraid of the balsamic vinegar—it doesn't make for a vinegary-tasting drink, just a fresh, tart one.

Notes: There's no need to use fancy vinegar for your reduction; find a decent under $10 brand that you'd use in a weeknight salad dressing. To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Recipe Details

New York Shrub Recipe

Active 10 mins
Total 20 mins
Serves 1 serving


  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (see note)

  • 1 1/2 ounces Rittenhouse Rye

  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon

  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup


  1. Pour balsamic vinegar into small saucepan, bring to a boil. Let simmer until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.

  2. To make cocktail, pour rye, lemon, simple syrup, and 1 barspoon of balsamic reduction into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into and ice-filled rocks glass.

Special equipment

Cocktail shaker and strainer

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
150 Calories
1g Fat
30g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 150
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 259mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 9mg 45%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 106mg 2%
*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.)