A Peeler by Definition – a Cucumber and Lime Shrub

A jar of cucumber lime shrub, taken from a low angle, to rather heroic effect.
I woke up in the middle of the night in horror, thinking “cucumbers… vinegar…..pickles! – shit!” but in fact it doesn’t taste like pickles so go back to sleep. It’s actually very refreshing.

A peeler in North America is a stripper. A peeler in England is a police officer. Oh the confusion! The potential jokes! (none of which I can come up with at the moment, but feel free to add in the comments below).

Either way, you’ll need a regular old kitchen peeler for this shrub recipe. I did try making it without peeling (the cucumbers) but this version renders a shrub with more clarity and freshness. I also tried to throw in some mint – both with the limes in the sugar and in the juice – meh. So peel on for a better tasting shrub, and add mint later if you like.

The Peeler by Definition Recipe

  • 3 limes, peeled with as little of the white stuff as possible
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cucumber juice (made from peeled and seeded cucumbers)
  • 1/2 cup raw organic apple cider vinegar

In a medium bow, mix the lime peels and sugar. Pound the peels in the sugar to release the oil from the peel. Cover and let sit on your counter for 24 hours.

In a large jar mix the cucumber juice and the lime/sugar mixture. Shake for as long as you can or until the sugar dissolves. Strain through a sieve to remove the peels.

Add the vinegar to the mixture and pour into a sterilised jar. Keep the closed jar in the fridge, letting it mellow for a few days before drinking ( I, gasp, don’t sterilise the jar, nor do I wait to drink it, but I don’t want to kill you ….so sterilise, be patient).

To drink, mix 1 oz of shrub to 8-10 oz of soda or cold water. Can add the sweetener of your choice if desired. Will keep in the fridge for up to three weeks. Makes about 8 oz of shrub, recipe can be multiplied for a crowd.

4 photos showing peeled limes, sugar pounding, peeled and seeded cucumbers and cucumber juice.

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