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Cherry Shrub : My kind of holiday bubbly
Cherry Shrub : Holiday drink | Emilie Iggiotti Photography Edmonton

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Vinegar based drink

I was introduced to shrub by a local cafe, and I can’t quite remember what fruit was used then, but it was delightful. It’s a not-too-sweet alternative to soda (if you put it in carbonated water) and while I love all things vinegar, this really isn’t as vinegar-y as it sounds.

Cherry Shrub : My kind of holiday bubbly
Cherry Shrub : Holiday drink recipe by The Nomadic Wife | Emilie Iggiotti Photography Edmonton

Bubbly without the Booze

This recipe was passed on to me by a friend, Margaret, of The Kitchen Frau blog. I had a kick of a time picking the cherries with her & some other food blogging friend last summer. She has the most beautiful Evans cherries!

For this recipe, I adjusted her original version with apple cider vinegar & you could make it with just about any berry that you like. If you wind up making far more than you need, like I did, it makes for a perfect hand-made gift to bring your favorite hostess over the holidays..

Cherry Shrub : Holiday drink | Emilie Iggiotti Photography Edmonton

4L of shrub, which is enough for a year.

Vinegar solution 3 parts vinegar, one part water:
2 parts apple cider vinegar
1 part white vinegar
1 part water

12 C fresh cherries, pitted
¼ C sugar for every cup of juice

1 week sitting + 10 min boil

  1. Place cherries in a large bowl and cover with the vinegar solution.
  2. Let sit for a at least seven days on the counter, covered.
  3. Blend and strain all the liquid with the help of a muslin or nut bag.
  4. Place liquid in a large sauce pot, along with sugar and boil for 10 minutes then seal into mason jars.
  5. To drink, place 1-2T in a jar, top up with carbonated water & enjoy.
  6. Add milk and cream into a pot over medium heat, stir constantly until it begins to simmer.


Blueberry & Spinach Smoothie

There's something with blueberries. My brain rattles off fun facts like "they're antioxidant" and "eat deeply coloured produce, it's good for you" then I pop a couple in my mouth while I'm making the smoothie (because, they're seriously why wait?!) and I get flashes of being a kid in the woods picking them by the bowlful. 

There I am, barefooted, toes in the dirt, smiling from ear to ear. The sun is shining, the bees are buzzing nearby and life is glorious.


makes 2 portions

1 C fresh blueberries
2 limes, juiced
2 C spinach


5 mins

Grab everything & add to a blender
Top up with water so you have a total of 4 C
Blend until smooth & serve!

Blueberry Booster

Ba-ba-baaaa ba-ba-na-na! One of life's simple pleasures. I know, bananas don't grow locally (well for most of us anyways) but they are often inexpensive & they're always packed with tryptophan which gets converted to serotonin in the brain. Hello happiness hormones!

Time to enjoy this happiness boosting smoothie & I hope you have weather as wonderful as we do this week! 


makes 2 servings

1 banana
1 C blueberries
2 Lebanese cucumbers

Note: You can use frozen berries for this, but they tend to be overly sweet. To fix this you can add a piece of green apple or a bit of lime juice! 


5 mins

Add everything to a blender
Buzz until smooth


Chia Pudding Smoothie

Now this "smoothie" can be a smoothie or a pudding. It really just depends on how much milk you put in there. I rather like it as a pudding, to be honest, but that requires a spoon. If you're on the go and need something a little more drinkable, then by all means add more almond milk!


wheat free, egg free, dairy free, soy free, vegan


Makes 2 portions

1 t vanilla
2 C unsweeted almond milk
6 T chia seeds
2 C frozen berries, thawed & blended

Optional topping

Hemp hearts
Crushed nuts or seeds
Fresh fruit


5 mins prep + 20 mins refrigerate

Grab two mason jars. 
In the first one, add the almond milk, vanilla & 4 T chia. Mix well and place in the fridge. 
In the second jar, place your blended berries & the remaining chia. 
Let them set for at least 20 minutes.
Assemble by layering both mixtures in a glass, sprinkle with toppings & sip away. 
If the mixture is too thick, you can always add more almond milk to top off.

Note: You can also make these the night before and assemble in the morning!


Spicy Apricot & Nectarine Smoothie

'Tis the season for tree fruit in BC. They're everywhere in the markets right now and I'm lovin' it!

Somewhere between late June & early August (depending on where you are) local fruit start appearing in the markets. Usually, berries lead the way and are often followed by softer fleshed fruits (like apricots & nectarines, peaches) and the season closes off with pears & apples.

If you're lucky enough to live in the south, citrus might also be part of the party! Up here, however, local fruit although abundant, doesn't include all the staple grocery store varieties. That's okay.

I have no issue with that because the beautiful ripe local fruit are enough to keep this gal going through the hotter days. I will admit however, that I have a hard time living without bananas & the occasional grapefruit. I do, however prioritize local over imported whenever I can. 


makes serving

2 apricots
2 nectarines
1 lime, juiced
pinch of cayenne


5 mins

Chop up your fruit & remove the seed
Place everything in a blender & top up with enough water to have 3C total
Blend until smooth & serve

Dancing Mango Smoothie
Kale, mango & lemon green smoothie. A divine afternoon pick me up recipe.

A "healthy" smoothie often hides a big nutritional one-two punch because it contains both protein & veg. The beauty of this particular recipe is that it really just tastes like a mango / green apple smoothie. It's also a great way to get more veggies in your diet without having to pile them onto your plate. 



makes 2 portions

1 mango
3-4 leaves of kale
1 lemon, juiced
A small dash of cayenne
1 C water


5 mins

In a blender, add the mango & half the lemon juice. Pulse until smooth.
Add this to the bottom of two glasses. 
Next, roughly tear the kale into chunks and add those to your blender with the remaining lemon, water & cayenne. Pulse until there a no large pieces left. 
Pour over the mango for a fancy looking smoothie. 

I suggest mixing together before drinking, but that's just me!

Beet, Carrot & Apple Juice
Beet, apple & carrot juice recipe. Delicious & refreshing vegetarian green juice.

Many people don't like beets. So when I tell them that I go out of my way to juice some, they look at me like a horn just grew out of the middle of my forehead. 

Truth be told, for most it's an acquired taste, that's why I add other things in there (like apple & carrots). The trick to this juice is fresh beets. The kind you get right off the farm stand. Otherwise there can be a rather unpleasant earthy tone to the whole thing and that's just not a great way to initiate someone to beet juice!


makes 2 portions

1 large beet, in chunks
2 large carrots
1 apple
1 lemon, juiced

Note: If you put this bad boy in the fridge, make sure to leave as little air as possible in the container. The oxygen will make the juice loose all of it's benefits!


prep 5 mins + juice 5 mins

Make sure you read the instructions for your juicer.
Add all your veg according to the instructions.
On the side, juice your lemon & add it into the juice
Serve right away or refrigerate up to 24 hrs in an airtight container   

Berry-Smooth Bowl

This rich, creamy smoothie bowl doubles well as a dessert or even as breakfast. The only difference being, if it was for breakfast I would top it with some steel cut oats & flax to make it more substantial. 



1/2 C of your favorite berries
1 banana
1/2 C yogurt or milk
Large handful of spinach chopped


Every seed, fruit, nut that you have in the house. Seriously, go crazy with it.



Blend the berries, banana, yogurt & spinach together in a blender. If it's too thick, add a little water.
Pour into two bowls & top with your favorite things!