Bitter? Moi? A Lime Shrub

2 glasses of lime shrub - refreshing, not bitter!
To the people who told me limes are too bitter for a shrub: what did limes ever do to you?

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.

The Recipe

  • 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
  1. Juice the limes, refrigerate until required.
  2. Remove the zest from the limes, being careful to include as little pith (the white stuff) as possible.
  3. 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.
  4. Mix the sugar and the vinegar, stir to dissolve the sugar.
  5. 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)

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