Peach Summer Shrub


A shrub is an old-fashioned summer sipper that’s rebounding in popularity as fermented drinks like kombucha become more mainstream.

Made with summer fruits like peaches, pears or apricots, shrubs are slightly sweet, a little bit bubbly, and very refreshing on a hot summer day.


  • 1 pound peaches with skin, pitted and chopped
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup mild white wine vinegar
  • Seltzer or club soda


  1. In a large glass or plastic bowl, add sugar to the peaches and mash to combine. A potato masher or pastry blender works well for this step.
  2. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  3. After 24 hours, add the vinegar to the fruit mixture. Stir well to combine. For more fruit flavor, store in the refrigerator for 2 days before using.
  4. When ready to use, stir well, then strain through a fine mesh sieve. Press down on the fruit to get as much liquid as possible.
  5. Pour the juice into a clean glass jar or bottle with a tight fitting lid. Refrigerate until ready to make your drinks.
  6. For each drink, combine 1 part of the shrub mixture with 2 parts seltzer or club soda, and serve over ice.