Could be an unpopular opinion but I’ve actually been looking forward to 2022 dry January! Truth be told, I’m not a big drinker but am looking for a way to mix up my day to day beverages without relying on alcohol. I’m always so focused on the food that I often forget drinks can be JUST as exciting as a plate of pasta. Let me explain…

So often when we feel the pangs of hunger what our bodies are really telling us is that we’re thirsty! But if you’re like me you rely on three main groups: coffee/tea, water, and alcohol (I’m not a soda drinker). Not a lot of opportunity for variety here – in fact the most versatile of these categories is the alcohol! So I set out to find new and fun ways to spice up my water, both sparkling and still, this January.

So far, my favorite option has been shrubs. Typically found in alcoholic beverages, they actually dress up plain ice water, tonic water, or ginger beer quite nicely. They’re tart, sweet, and all around so refreshing! Plus they’re easy to make and store well in the fridge – so nothing is stopping you from giving them a try!

Blood Orange Ginger Shrub

Also known as drinking vinegar this shrub pairs well with liquor as well as over ice with sparkling water!
Course Drinks
Servings 2.5 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large blood oranges
  • 1 inch peeled ginger root
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar with the mother

Instructions
 

  • Peel oranges leaving behind as much as the pith as possible, set peels aside. Juice the oranges into a large jar (I use mason jars with a lid) – discard the remaining orange
  • Add sugar, water orange peels, chopped ginger, and cinnamon stick into a medium sauce pot
  • Heat mixture on stove on a medium setting allowing mixture to bubble until it reduces by about half
  • Once reduced, turn off stove, move off heat, then add mint and let steep until cooled completely
  • Once syrup is cool, drain into jar with blood orange juice and discard the solid. Top with apple cider vinegar and mix well
  • Keep tightly closed and stored in the fridge for up to 6 months
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