SURPRISE! it's floral!
What is this?
A totally surprising batch of lemongrass shrub!
Does it taste like lemongrass?
So what does it taste like?
Like roses and flowers, kind of buttery like a white wine.
Why did this happen?
I have no idea! I suspect that this difference in flavor is a result of seasonal variation in the lemongrass itself - this batch was made with early spring lemongrass, as opposed to our last batch which was made with late summer lemongrass. We also used rice vinegar in this batch instead of wine vinegar, and increased the lemongrass content. It's a mystery.
This batch is TOTALLY different from our last lemongrass shrub. Somehow, the natural rose flavors of lemongrass took center stage, and the citrusy flavors of lemongrass are much more subdued. That classic lemongrass flavor is not quite there, instead it's a bouquet of flowers! If you love floral flavors, I think you will love this shrub (and if you've been missing our provence rose shrub, give this one a try).
To be honest, I'm not sure that we'll be able to replicate this flavor again - it's so unpredictable! So if you're a floral flavor fiend, don't miss this one.
To make a shrub soda, mix 1 part shrub to 5-6 parts sparkling water.
Shrub (also known as drinking vinegar) has a long tradition as a refreshing beverage going all the way back to the Colonial Era, but it actually originated a thousand years ago in the Middle East! Like our jams, shrubs are an excellent way to preserve the harvest of our gorgeous fruit when it is at it's most perfectly ripe. The vinegar and sugar both help to preserve and capture the fleeting fruit flavors while balancing each other out to make a sweet-tart syrup that a perfect base for a drink. Shrub is essentially a fruit-vinegar-sugar syrup. Mixed with sparkling water it's the most refreshing drink we've ever had. Of course, it's also great in cocktails.
INNA shrubs can be stored at room temperature, and ideally away from direct sunlight. Shake before using - separation is natural!
INGREDIENTS: organic unrefined cane sugar, organic rice vinegar, organic lemongrass (grown in Fresno, California)
SIZE: 12.7 fluid ounces (375 ml)