So I had read and been told that limes were not a good fruit to make shrubs out of because the oil in the peel is bitter. “What’s a little bitter?” I asked myself and forged on. Well glad I did – this shrub is not bitter at all, and in fact is the best shrub I’ve made so far (I think, anyway). I had a hard time saving enough for the photo shoot. I did use organic apple cider vinegar, which is more mellow than some of the others I’ve tried.
- 1 cup lime juice – I used 5 limes
- 1 cup sugar
- Zest from the fruit you used for the juice (5 limes in this case)
- 1 cup organic apple cider vinegar
- Juice the limes, refrigerate until required.
- Remove the zest from the limes, being careful to include as little pith (the white stuff) as possible.
- In a bowl, mix the sugar and zest and give it a thorough pounding to mix. Cover and let sit at room temperature for 24 hours.
- Mix the sugar and the vinegar, stir to dissolve the sugar.
- Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth lined sieve into a sterilised glass jar or bottle (close with a sterilised lid). Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks. Give it a stir at least once a day.
Wait at least 4 days for it to mellow a bit, then drink by mixing the shrub with lots of soda or water over ice. A little goes a long way. You can add agave or honey to taste – start with 1 tsp and go from there. They say that the organic apple cider vinegar is good for you. (Not the same “they” that said limes don`t make good shrubs, thankfully)