Beverages

The Shrub - No Alcohol Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Strawberry-beet shrub, recipe follows
  • 2 oz. Seedlip spice 94
  • 1⁄4 oz. Lemon juice
  • Ginger soda, as needed
  • Lemon wheel, to garnish
  • Strawberry-beet leather, to garnish, recipe follows

Preparation

Combine shrub, Seedlip spice 94 and lemon juice in a tin shaker with ice and shake for 3 to 4 seconds (soft shake) and strain over a Collins glass filled with crushed ice. Top with ginger soda, lemon wheel and beet garnish. Makes 1 drink.

To make shrub: Blend together 300 grams water, 300 grams Champagne vinegar and 25 to 35 grams sugar, depending on the sweetness of the strawberries. Pour into a vacuum-sealable bag with 300 grams hulled strawberries and 150 grams beets, peeled, and chopped into 1-inch cubes, and sous vide at 135°F for 2 hours. Strain, chill and set aside solids to make leather.

To make leather: blend solids into a purée. Spread thinly onto parchment/dehydrator sheet and dehydrate at 137°F for 2 hours. Slice into 2 x 2-in. pieces between parchment and store refrigerated. 

Chef/Owner Eric Bost, Auburn, Los Angeles, from Food Fanatics® magazine