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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.


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