3 Autumn Cocktail Recipes, and How to Make Your Own Pear Shrub

It's time to enjoy the delicious flavors of the season.
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It's time to enjoy the delicious flavors of the season.

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Drinking vinegars, also known as shrubs, are a hip new trend in the cocktail world. A shrub is an acidic concoction made of fruit, sugar, and vinegar that adds complex flavors to your drinks. Research even indicates health benefits like improving blood sugar levels and protecting against bad bacteria.

Even better for us at-home mixologists: Shrubs are simple to make and easy to adapt to whatever flavor you'd like to create. Here, I made a pear shrub, with three cocktails to try it in. You can use this recipe as a base, swapping out a fruit base, sweetener, and vinegars as you please. Try a pureed pumpkin or apple shrub; experiment with honey or maple syrup to sweeten; mix it up with a vinegar like balsamic or red wine (maybe not white vinegar; we find that a bit bland).

The caramel flavors of a pear shrub go with lemon juice and whiskey for the perfect autumn cocktail. You can top it off with Champagne for Sunday brunch. Or give one of the recipes below a try!

Pear Shrub

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Ingredients
2 cups pears, chopped
½ cup sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
½ cup apple cider vinegar

Directions
In a large mason jar, add pears and sugar. Place lid on the jar and shake. Keep in the refrigerator for 24 hours, shaking every 4 hours (except for when you're sleeping!). After 24 hours, give it a good shake and add the vinegar. Place back in the refrigerator for another 24 hours, shaking again every 4 hours. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

Pear Shrub Cocktail with Thyme + Prosecco

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Ingredients
1 part pear shrub
1 part thyme simple syrup (recipe below)
3 parts Prosecco
thyme for garnish

For Thyme Simple Syrup
½ cup water
½ cup sugar
3 thyme sprigs

Make syrup: In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar, and thyme sprigs over medium heat. Stirring, bring to a simmer until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Remove thyme sprigs. Store syrup in a glass jar and refrigerate.

Directions:
In cocktail glass, stir together pear shrub and thyme simple syrup. Top with Prosecco and garnish with thyme.

Pear Shrub with Rum + Ginger

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Ingredients
1 piece of crystalized ginger (about 2”)
½ lime, juiced
1 part pear shrub
3 parts ginger beer
1 part dark rum

Directions
In cocktail glass, mix crystalized ginger, pear shrub and lime juice. Add ice cubes. Slowly pour in ginger beer and top with dark rum.

Pear Shrub Soda (non-alcoholic)

Ingredients
1 part pear shrub
½ lemon, juiced
4 parts soda water

Directions
In a glass, mix pear shrub and lemon juice. Add ice cubes. Top with soda water.