What the heck is shrub? Wikipedia explains it well enough. I'm shocked that I've never heard of it. Rum, sugar, citrus, time. Drink over ice(?).
I had to try it.
I had to try to make it.
CeeLee, my new husband, helped me make a batch.
An old high school friend makes it and I saw a version in Philadelphia, at the Ben Franklin museum. Popular in 17th and 18th century England, it's a simple home made liqueur. Sounds tasty. Really tasty!
CeeLee haz mad skilz...He did a great job removing the orange skins.
I used three oranges and a heaping half cup of sugar.* I may also leave the peels in the rum for an extra day or two.
I'm even using a local rum: Below Deck. (Ha,I don't think I've ever linked to a commercial web site before.)
It has a highly botanical flavor.
I'll add an update in a few weeks when the shrub is done. Happy summer!
Eat well and love big.
* I wonder if oranges were easy to come by in Colonial Philadelphia. If not, this was quite a luxury. I'll look into it and report back.