Sparkling Mulberry Thyme Shrub

mulberry shrub

If you’re looking for a locally inspired and extremely refreshing non-alcoholic beverage to fall in love with, try our sparkling mulberry shrub. Sweet, tart mulberries, earthy thyme and zippy apple cider vinegar make a nutritious and delightful cooler, best enjoyed on warm Pennsylvania afternoons.

Sparkling Mulberry Thyme Shrub

Serves 12
Prep Time Cook Time Total Time
20 min 0 min 20 min


  • 1 cup mulberries, fresh or frozen, stems removed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme, plus more for serving
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Sparkling or seltzer water, for serving


  1. Combine mulberries and sugar in a large bowl. Using fork or cocktail muddler, gently mash mulberries to release juices. Stir in ginger and thyme sprigs. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Strain mulberries through fine mesh strainer, pushing berries with back of spoon to release juices. Transfer juice to large resealable jar, then stir in vinegar. Cover and refrigerate 3 to 5 days to let flavors meld. Vinegar will continue to mellow over the course of 3 to 4 weeks.
  3. To serve, fill serving glasses with ice and add 1 ounce shrub syrup. Top with sparkling water and garnish with fresh mulberries and thyme sprigs.

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