Mano’s Bite

Finding yourself still snowed-in in the middle of March brings on a certain desperation. Will spring ever come? What if it doesn’t this time?!? I just want to go outside without having to clear snow off my car one time… You just need the smallest hint that spring is coming to remember that everything is going to be OK. Let me help you with that!

This drink is light and very simple to make, especially once you’ve made a small batch of the shrub. As our previous post on shrubs explained, these vinegar and fruit-based syrups will last about a full year in the fridge, so you can make a bottle now and it’ll definitely be good until after the snow melts (unless we’ve entered a new ice age).


1 ½ oz vodka
¾ oz strawberry-grapefruit shrub (see recipe below)
2 dashes peychaud’s bitters
Garnish: Grapefruit peel and mint leaf

Add vodka, shrub, and bitters to an ice-filled stirring glass and stir well. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass, top with soda and stir once. Bruise a mint leaf in your hand and lay it on top of the ice. Express a grapefruit peel over the drink and add it on top as well.

Enjoy the refreshing smell of mint and grapefruit as you sip on this, and then take a moment to appreciate the subtle fruit flavours with just a hint of tartness. If you decide to make it into a double tall version, nobody will judge you.

Strawberry-Grapefruit Shrub

½ pink grapefruit
4-5 strawberries
½ cup sugar
½ cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup water

Slice half of a pink grapefruit into quarters. Remove the leaves from the strawberries and halve them. Add both fruits to a pot and muddle them well. Add the sugar, vinegar, and water, then stir to combine. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce the heat and let simmer for five minutes. Take the pot off the heat and let it cool to room temperature. Strain the liquid out into a bottle and refrigerate. Should keep for approximately one year.

Ok, so you’ve made the shrub, you’ve made the drink, and maybe you’re even working on your second. If you live in Canada, check outside: Is it still snowing? Ya, it probably is. But tell me the truth: Don’t you feel a little bit better?

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