This recipe set comes courtesy of the fine folks at The Hudson Standard. Not only are they making some of the finest bitters and shrubs on the market today, but they're doing it with locally sourced ingredients that come from the venerable Hudson Valley itself. The focal point of each recipe is a wonderfully elegant Pear Honey Ginger shrub.
Shrubs are classified as a sweetened combination of fruit, spice and vinegar that make tart, delicious cocktail syrups. Shrubs have historic roots wherever fruit was fermented into vinegar, and they entered American History during the colonial era when vinegar was used to preserve freshly harvested fruit. Enjoy these tangy, fruit-forward syrups as an ingredient in fine cocktails, or poured over ice with club soda.
Root and Branch
1 3/4 oz old tom gin
3/4 oz Hudson Standard Pear Honey Ginger Shrub
1/4 oz dry vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously, strain into a Nick and Nora glass. Garnish with lemon twist.
The Sweet Seedling (Shrub Soda)
1 1/2 oz Hudson Standard Pear Honey Ginger Shrub
8 oz sparkling water
1 dash aromatic bitters
Build drink in toddler-safe (a.k.a plastic) glass filled with ice. Stir briefly, garnish with a speared candied ginger, and serve with bendy straw.