The Shrub - No Alcohol Cocktail
- 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
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