A new cocktail ingredient is showing up at several area bars this summer: shrubs. Also known as drinking vinegars, they were developed as a way for colonists to help preserve bountiful harvests of fruit, by combining fruit juice with sugar and vinegar.
For some the tang of shrubs is an acquired taste. But for others the astringency is a refreshing palate cleanser. Mixed with club soda, they make for a perfect light summery drink. But they also do well with a splash of booze. Here are some places to purchase shrubs to enjoy at home, or to try them out on the town.