The Fresh Scratch

Need a drink for autumn? Something fun for the holidays? I introduce to you the Fresh Scratch.

  • 12 oz. fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 3/4 c. red wine vinegar
  • an actual lemon (or zest & juice)

This drink involves making a ‘shrub’ which I learned about from Sunset mag., and adapted as follows:

On the stove, heat 2 cup of water (med heat is a fine setting).  Zest & juice your lemon. Add all of the above ingredients to the water. Stir often. When the sugar is dissolved, reduce the heat and cook until most cranberries have burst (5 -10 minutes). Strain the mixture, and press any excess juice from the berry pulp. Discard the pulp. This ‘shrub’ can now sit happily in your frig up to 3 months (thank you, vinegar!).
Now on to the drink.

  • 1 part shrub
  • 1 part vanilla vodka
  • soda water

Drop a handful of ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Pour all ingredients excluding the soda water over the ice. Lid on. shake away. Pour into your glass. Add as much (or little) fizz as you’d like. And if what you’d like is a pretty recipe-card print out of this one? You can find it here.

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