Drinking Vinegar Recipe - Cherry and Balsamic Vinegar Shrub & Soda

Drinking Vinegar Recipe - Cherry and Balsamic Vinegar Shrub & Soda

Serves 1 15 minute prep time

You already take shots of apple cider vinegar, but have you tried a drinking vinegar recipe? A classic mocktail of cherry balsamic shrub (drinking vinegar) mixed with seltzer (soda) water, for a refreshing summertime Shrub & Soda.


  • 2 cups cherries, pitted
  • 1 (1-quart) Mason jar, sterilized
  • 2 cups balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 cups agave syrup or other sweetener


  • In sterilized jar, add cherries.

  • In a saucepan, bring vinegar to just under a boil and then pour over cherries. Leaving a ¼ inch space at the top of the jar. Wipe rim and cap tightly. Leave in a refrigerator or in a cool place for at least 24 hours and up to 4 weeks, or until desired flavor is obtained.

  • Using a cheese cloth, strain fruit and reserve liquid. Repeat until the vinegar shows no cloudiness. The fruit can be saved and for another use such as chutney.

  • Combine agave and vinegar. If using a solid sugar, warm vinegar and sugar until sugar is melted. Put into a sterilized mason jar and cap tightly.

  • Store shrub syrup in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

  • To serve: add 1 tablespoon of shrub syrup into 1 cup of soda or sparkling water.