Red Shiso Shrub Recipe

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

by MUNCHIES Test Kitchen
02 October 2018, 2:34pm

Photo by Heami Lee

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


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


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.

This article originally appeared on Munchies US.