You can make a shrub into a low-alcohol cocktail called a shim by adding a splash of sparkling wine, vermouth, or your favorite aperitif. Try our Strawberry-and-Tarragon and Peach-and-Bay Laurel variations, too.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2017


Credit: Jake Stangel

Recipe Summary

40 mins
2 hrs 40 mins
Makes 2 1/2 cups shrub base (enough for about 20 servings)


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  • In a large nonreactive pot (such as stainless steel), combine berries, sugar, and sage. Let stand 1 hour, stirring a few times. Cook over medium heat until warm to the touch, about 5 minutes. Add vinegars and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a bare simmer (do not let boil). Remove from heat; let stand at room temperature, uncovered, 24 hours. Remove and discard sage. Strain shrub base; reserve pickled berries (which can be stored in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 week) for another use. Transfer shrub base to another airtight container; refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour and up to 1 month.

  • Fill glasses halfway with ice. Top with 1 part shrub base and 4 to 5 parts sparkling water. Stir once; garnish with more sage and fresh berries, if desired. Serve immediately.