How to Make Fruity Shrub Syrup

Recipe – Fruity Shrub Syrup

Gluten Free  |  Dairy Free  |  Nut Free  |  Vegan

Fruity Shrub Syrup makes a delicious tangy, refreshing beverage, is easy to make, and is full of gut-friendly good bacteria.  Essentially, shrubs are a fruit-flavoured vinegar sweetened with sugar that becomes a fermented drink.  The acetic acid in the vinegar acts as a preserving agent, so shrubs are a delicious way to enjoy a glut of seasonal fruit throughout the year.


This recipe makes between 1 and 1.5 litres of Shrub Syrup (so just halve or double all the ingredients if you prefer to make less or more)

  • 500 ml Apple Cider Vinegar with mother
  • 2 cups Raw Organic Sugar or other sugar of choice
  • 500 g berries (fresh or frozen). Try raspberries, mulberries, blackberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, or a mixture of any berries you have in abundance.  Experiment with other fruits for different flavours.


  • 2 litre glass jar with a lid.  Alternatively, I like to use a pickle pipe instead of a solid lid.
  • Fine-meshed sieve lined with cheesecloth
  • 1.5 litre glass bottle for storage (or 2 smaller bottles)


    1. Mix the Apple Cider Vinegar and Raw Sugar together in a 2-litre glass jar until sugar is dissolved.

    2. Add the Berries or other Fruit of choice and stir well.

    3. Cover the jar with a solid lid or a pickle pipe.

    4. Leave the jar on a bench  to ferment for 1 to 2 weeks out of direct sun. 

    5. The fruit will start to break down into the vinegar and the liquid will become a rick berry colour.  The mixture will become bubbly as fermentation takes place.

    6. Strain through a fine-meshed sieve lined with cheesecloth and decant the liquid into a clean bottle. Repeat if needed so that the liquid is not cloudy.

    7. The pulp can be used in smoothies, or served with ice-cream, porridge or muesli.  Or your chooks or worms will enjoy this treat.

    8. Store the bottled liquid in the fridge until needed.  The cold temperature will slow the fermentation process.

    9. Serve the shrub syrup diluted (similar to a cordial) with still or sparkling water.

    10. Enjoy!

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