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I mixed up this cocktail at the end of the day and the beginning of the evening for Mum and I. We had recently enjoyed a “shrub” cocktail for the first time at a recent garden party and learned that the term “shrub” means it has some kind of acid base, in this case, vinegar.

This Mint Champagne Shrub was absolutely delicious, but we both decided a little gin would enhance the flavor.


mint champagne shrub

1 1/2 cups loosely packed fresh mint leaves

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup elderflower liqueur

1/3 cup champagne vinegar

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

3 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

chilled sparkling wine

fresh mint leaves for garnish

Muddle the mint leaves and sugar in a cocktail shaker to release the flavors. Add elderflower liqueur, champagne vinegar, lemon juice and lime juice. Fill shaker with ice, cover with lid and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled (about 30 seconds). Strain into glasses, top with sparkling wine and garnish with a mint leaf.


Recipe adapted from Southern Living, July 2013