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Strawberry Shrub with Basil and Peppercorn

This Strawberry Shrub with Basil and Peppercorn is sweet and
tart with a subtle heat perfect for mixing into any spring and summer cocktails
and mocktails!
Servings 3 cups
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns you can also use pink peppercorns
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar


  • Add the sugar, water, strawberries, basil, and peppercorns together in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Use a muddler to crush the ingredients together until the basil looks bruised and is fragrant. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until the syrup has become the color of the fruit and the fruit has lost its vibrancy.
  • Add the red wine vinegar and bring the mixture back to a simmer (about 5 to 8 minutes)
  • Strain using a fine-meshed sieve covered with one layer of cheesecloth.
  • Pour into a jar and keep it in the fridge.


If you use pink peppercorns, the shrub will still have a pepper kick but will come out with a brighter, more citrus-flavored profile. 
Author: Megan Wells
Course: Beverages
Keyword: beverages, quick and easy, shrubs