A shrub is a vinegar-based syrup infused with fruit and sugar, celebrated for its ability to preserve the essence of fresh produce. This Cranberry Tangerine Shrub Drink combines the tartness of cranberries and the sweet, citrusy notes of tangerines with the zing of vinegar, creating a refreshingly complex beverage. Perfect for sipping on its own or as a mixer in cocktails, this shrub drink is a delightful way to enjoy seasonal flavors.


For the Shrub Syrup:

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup tangerine juice (from about 4-5 tangerines)
  • Zest of 1 tangerine
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar

For Serving:

  • Sparkling water or soda
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh tangerine slices and cranberries for garnish


  1. Prepare the Shrub Syrup: In a medium saucepan, combine the fresh cranberries, tangerine juice, tangerine zest, and sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved and the cranberries have started to burst, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly.
  2. Add Vinegar: Stir in the apple cider vinegar. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  3. Strain: Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean jar or bottle, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids.
  4. Refrigerate: Seal the jar or bottle and refrigerate the shrub syrup for at least 24 hours to allow the flavors to meld. The shrub syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month.
  5. Serve the Shrub Drink: To serve, fill a glass with ice cubes. Add 2 tablespoons of the cranberry tangerine shrub syrup (or to taste) and top with sparkling water or soda. Stir gently to combine.
  6. Garnish: Garnish with fresh tangerine slices and a few cranberries. Serve immediately.

Optional Variations:

  • For a Cocktail: Add a shot of your favorite spirit, such as vodka, gin, or rum, to create a refreshing cocktail.
  • Herbal Notes: Infuse the shrub syrup with a sprig of rosemary or thyme during the cooling process for an herbal twist.

Nutrition Facts (per serving, syrup only):

  • Calories: 50
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Protein: 0g

Prep and Cooking Time:

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 7 minutes
  • Infusion Time: 24 hours


  • Makes about 2 cups of shrub syrup

This Cranberry Tangerine Shrub Drink is not only a celebration of winter fruits but also a versatile concoction that can be enjoyed in many ways. Whether you’re crafting a sophisticated non-alcoholic beverage or adding a special touch to your cocktail repertoire, this shrub offers a unique blend of flavors that’s sure to impress.

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