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Cranberry-Apple Shrub Recipe

Cranberry-Apple Shrub

Mix this shrub with seltzer for a full-bodied soda, or spike it with booze for a seasonal cocktail.

Seasonal fruits merge in this homemade cranberry-apple shrub recipe, which gets even more depth of flavor from cider vinegar. Mix the shrub with seltzer for a full-bodied soda, or spike with vodka or whiskey and a squeeze of lemon juice for a cocktail.


  • 4 oz. peeled, chopped Fuji apples
  • 4 oz. fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup turbinado sugar
  • ½ cup apple-cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • Tools:muddler or wooden spoon; fine-mesh strainer


Use a muddler or wooden spoon to crush the cranberries. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and let cook for 10 minutes; remove from the heat, cover, and let steep 24 hours at room temperature. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer and bottle for use. Store in refrigerator, and use within two months.

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