Cherry-Lime Shrub Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Total Time
Prep: 20 min. Cook: 10 min + chilling
This festive lime shrub cocktail is perfect for the holidays. The vinegar portion can be made up to one week ahead for ease. —Gina Nistico, Denver, Colorado

Updated: Jul. 07, 2023

Cherry-Lime Shrub

Prep Time 20 min
Cook Time 10 min
Yield 2 cups


  • 1 medium lime
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen dark sweet cherries, pitted and crushed
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Ice cubes, sparkling water, fresh cherries, mint sprigs and lime slices


  1. Finely grate zest from lime. Place zest and cherries in a sterilized pint jar. Bring vinegar just to a boil; pour over fruit, leaving ¼-in. headspace. Center lid on jar; screw on band until fingertip tight. Refrigerate for 1 week.
  2. Strain vinegar mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into another sterilized pint jar. Press solids to extract juice; discard remaining fruit.
  3. Bring sugar and water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until sugar is dissolved. Cool slightly. Stir into vinegar mixture; shake well. Store in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.
  4. To serve, drink 1-2 tablespoons or add to a glass of ice, top with sparkling water and garnish with fresh cherries, mint and lime.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons shrub syrup: 86 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.