PA Apple Vinegar Ginger Shrub

Looking for a mocktail mixer with the perfect sweet/tart blend, made with local produce and products? You’ve got to try making a Pennsylvania apple shrub! It’s simple as can be, requiring just a few ingredients. Once blended with a splash of seltzer, this sparkly and refreshing drink is perfect for when you’re toasting a special occasion or just enjoying a cozy weeknight with loved ones.

Shrubs, sometimes called “drinking vinegars,” tone down the bite of vinegar with sweetness (fresh PA apple juice, in this case), for a complex, sophisticated flavor that will do wonders for your non-alcoholic cocktail game. Plus, drinking even just a little bit of apple cider vinegar (dubbed “ACV” in the wellness community) has proven health benefits, and sipping a shrub is a lot more enjoyable than downing a straight shot of the stuff. As far as kitchen DIY projects go, making a shrub is low-effort and practically no-mess. If you can make iced tea or lemonade, you can make a shrub!

PA Apple Vinegar Ginger Shrub

Serves 4–6
Prep Time Cook Time Total Time
5 min 5 min 10 min


  • 1/4 cup diced apple
  • 1 slice fresh ginger, peeled
  • 4 ounces apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons PA maple syrup
  • 20 to 24 ounces PA apple juice
  • Seltzer water, to taste
  • Ice cubes


  1. Place diced apple and ginger in the bottom of a quart mason jar and muddle lightly.
  2. Pour vinegar, maple syrup and apple juice into jar.
  3. Place lid on jar, tightly, and shake to combine all ingredients.
  4. Serve over ice, topped with seltzer, for a refreshing beverage.

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