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Southern Shrub

A very adult twist on the usual mocktail, tart and sweet with a hint of fizz and full of anti-inflammatory proanthocyanidins for a boost of vitality. 



150 grams fresh or frozen blueberries (if frozen warm to room temperature)
200 grams pure honey
250 ml white vinegar
1 litre soda water or mineral water
1 star fruit for decoration
mint leaves for decoration

Southern Shrub Directions

Put blueberries in a large heatproof jar

In a heavy bottomed saucepan bring honey and vinegar to a boil and stir to mix all the ingredients

Pour the mixture over the berries and squash them down with a potato masher or fork (whatever fits in the jar) to squeeze the juice out of the berries.

Seal the glass jar and store in a cool place for 3 days

Strain the mixture through muslin or fine cheesecloth into a clear jar, chill in the fridge for a week so the vinegar taste has mellowed

When ready to serve add ice to a tall glass, fill the glass with 1/3 of the blueberry juice and gently top with sparkling water for a two tone effect

Garnish with a thick slice of star fruit on the side of the glass and a mint leaf on the top.

Recipe notes

Recipe needs to be made a week in advance.