Bourbon Balsamic Cherry Shrub Cocktail
Original recipe source: http://foodbabbles.com/2015/08/bourbon-balsamic-cherry-shrub-cocktail/
Ingredients (Serves one 16 oz):
3 cups pitted and halved sweet cherries
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
2 cups balsamic vinegar (GIS Recommends: Mussini 10 Year "Nobile" Premium Balsamic Vinegar)
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup honey (GIS Recommends: Novo Mel Raw Organic Rainforest Honey)
For Bourbon Balsamic Cherry Shrub Cocktail:
2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce balsamic cherry shrub
1. In a sterile 1 quart jar, muddle together cherries, vanilla been seeds and pod until cherries are well mashed.
2. In a small saucepan, bring balsamic vinegar to a boil and pour into jar. Wipe rim of jar with a clean cloth. Cover mouth of jar with plastic wrap then screw on jar lid. Refrigerate for 2 weeks. Each day, give the jar a hearty shake then return to the refrigerator.
3. After 2 weeks, remove jar from refrigerator. Strain balsamic cherry mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a small saucepan. Add sugar and honey. Bring mixture to a boil and stir until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and cool completely. Once cool, pour shrub into a sterilize jar. Shrub can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
To Make Bourbon Balsamic Cherry Shrub Cocktail:
4. Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Shake together bourbon and balsamic cherry shrub. Pour into a glass filled with ice and top with lemon-lime soda.