Shrubs date back to colonial times, when the acidity in the syrup served to preserve the fruit. A good shrub is both tart and sweet, stimulating the appetite while quenching thirst.
Substitute seltzer water for the bourbon for a refreshing, non-alcoholic beverage. The blackberry shrub syrup base in this recipe makes a double batch.
“We’ve had Mojitos all over Florida, my husband came up with the BEST recipe. The coconut rum adds a wonderful flavor, and the powdered sugar kinda makes a frosty, minty, refreshing drink! And mint grows like a weed, anywhere! A back-door herb bed, a flower box in a sunny window…it just grows and grows!”
Making these merengues was one of my first experiments in the kitchen. My Mom had made them before, so I decided to give it a try. My first batch of eggs never did get whipped enough, but I didn’t give up and finally made a good batch. These are wonderful, and are so Christmas-y when a few drops of red or green food coloring are added.