As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to get out your decorations and recipe book! While the holiday recipes passed down in your family may not have freeze-dried fruits on the ingredient list, we highly suggest adding it. They’re a simple and nutritious way to enjoy a restaurant-quality beverage and experience no matter where you are. Great for adding a pop of color and natural flavor to your beverages, they also make for a perfect garnish.
We voted on our favorite holiday beverage recipe using our high-quality freeze-dried ingredients, and we’re happy to share it with you. Our Sour Cherry Chili Shrub can be made with or without alcohol, to suit your tastes. The freeze-dried sour cherries bring a beautiful and wintery red hue to this refreshing shrub – which is a vinegared syrup that is most commonly used in beverages.
Sour Cherry Chili Shrub:
½ cup Mercer freeze-dried sour cherries, plus additional for garnish
4 ounces ginger beer
8 ounces white wine vinegar
7 ounces sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 ounces Vodka or other preferred spirit, optional
To make the shrub in advance: Add the freeze-dried cherries to a sterilized jar. Heat the vinegar in a saucepan to a simmer, then pour into the jar with the cherries. Let cool completely and store in a cool dark place for at least 24 hours.
Mix the cherry-vinegar mixture with sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. The shrub can be kept in the fridge for 6-8 weeks.
To serve: Combine ginger beer, optional spirit, 1 ounce of sour cherry shrub (or more) and chili powder in a glass and add ice. Garnish with extra freeze-dried cherries. Enjoy!