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Refreshing Blueberry Shrub Cordial Natural Soda

Updated on June 22, 2014

Homemade, All Natural Soda Recipe

What exactly is a shrub? Of course, I am not referring to bushes, but to an old-fashioned beverage hat is perfect for summertime refreshment. Shrubs are preserved fruit juices made with vinegar and sugar, to which water, soda, rum, or other liquids are added to make a refreshing drink. This article will focus on non alcohol drinks, but feel free to spike the recipe, if desired. The beauty of these beverages is that they are all natural, full of vitamins, and can be sweetened to taste. This recipe focuses on blueberries, but feel free to substitute other fruits to create your own flavors and flavor combinations. Enjoy!

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Mash berries in the vinegar with a potato masher.
Mash berries in the vinegar with a potato masher.


  • 2 1/2 C fresh blueberries
  • 1 1/2 C cider vinegar
  • Dash of thyme
  • 1/2 tsp kosher or canning salt
  • 2 -3 C of sugar (to taste)


  1. Wash blueberries and place them in a microwave safe bowl. Pour vinegar over the blueberries and microwave on high 2-3 minutes, until bubbling.
  2. Remove from the microwave and sprinkle with a dash of thyme and salt. Mash well with a potato masher.
  3. Cover and place in the refrigerator 8 hours or over night.
  4. After soaking, remove the mixture from the refrigerator and mash again. Strain over a non-reactive sauce pan, using the back of a spoon to press as much of the pulp through the sieve as possible. Add 2 cups of sugar. Warm gently over low heat, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add more sugar, to taste.
  5. Pour into a jar or container and chill in the refrigerator. When chilled, dilute 1:10 with soda water, tonic water, lemonade, or any other liquid desired. Add a splash of rum, limoncello or vodka, if desired.
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Photo courtesy of The Micro Farm Project
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Modifications and Other Uses for Shrubs

Use this recipe to make a healthier, natural soda. Or leave out the sugar to make your own flavored water. You can even use the fizzy water from a soda stream machine to make yummy, bubbly drinks. Poured over ice, shrubs are particularly refreshing on a hot summer day. Or substitute raspberries or other red berries for the blueberries to make a lovely Christmas mocktail.

As versatile as it is delicious, you can use the shrub as an ice cream topping or mix it with plain yogurt. Warm it and pour it over a block of cream cheese to make a pretty dip for crackers or fruit. Add some frozen blueberries and use it as a base for a blueberry milkshake.

The Kids Enjoy a Refreshing Shrub

The Kids Enjoy a Refreshing Shrub
The Kids Enjoy a Refreshing Shrub

What's Your Favorite?

Do you love to make homemade beverages, or is there a commercial soda that is your favorite? Whether you prefer to make your own, or a particular brand or flavor, let us know what it is in the comments after you vote.

Family Enjoying a Spiked Shrub

Family Enjoying a Spiked Shrub
Family Enjoying a Spiked Shrub

I would love to hear from you. Leave me your comments, drink suggestions, or questions here.

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      5 years ago

      you rock woman!!!!

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      6 years ago

      Sounds like a great, refreshing drink. Pinning this!


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