A shrub is a beverage made from fruit, some sort of acid, and a sugar. They were popular in colonial America as a means of preserving fruit without refrigeration. The vinegar breaks down the fruit and the sugar sweetens everything up a bit. The result is a tangy, sweet, complex mixture that is very refreshing when mixed with soda water.
In my opinion, the king of all summer drinks is the Negroni, which is said to have been born in 1919 when Count Camillo Negroni asked the bartender at Caffe Casoni to replace the club soda in an Americano with gin. The result is boozy, bitter, and wonderful.
The simple equal-parts recipe of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth is a great base for young cocktail artisans to experiment with. Here are some ideas:
- Add a few couple of dashes of orange bitters (my preferred recipe)
- Try different gins
- Swap Aperol for Campari
- Swap Cappelletti for Campari
- Replace gin with bourbon for a Boulevardier (this my go-to drink in the winter when I’m not drinking whiskey neat)
- Try different sweet vermouths. Carpano Antica and Punt e Mes are particularly good.
- Swap rum for gin and East India sherry for vermouth for an East India Negroni
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