Red Shiso Shrub Recipe

Use this vibrant and gorgeous shrub as the base for a bubbly drink.

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Oct 2 2018, 1:00pm

Photo by Heami Lee

Makes 5 ½ cups
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 20 minutes

Ingredients

12 ounces red shiso , cleaned and dried thoroughly
1 cup rice wine vinegar
8 ounces cane or granulated sugar
4 ounces honey
2 whole star anise

Directions

1. In a medium saucepan, bring the vinegar and 4 cups water to a boil. Add the shies leaves and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Strain, reserving the cooking liquid. Be sure to squeeze out all of the liquid from the leaves before discarding them.

2. Transfer the cooking liquid back to the saucepan along with the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Cook until the sugar and honey have completely dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove the star anise, then transfer the shrub to a Mason jar and cool. Cover and refrigerate. Shrub will keep, refrigerated, for up to 2 weeks.

3. To use, add gin or vodka and top with soda for a refreshing cocktail.