Habanero Shrub

comments (21) September 9th, 2013

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Here we have habaneros infusing in organic apple cider vinegar to make habanero shrub. Shrubs were also called switchel and beveridge in Colonial times and usually made with fruit. Once the fruit was used, the flavored vinegar was mixed with honey to make a stimulating beverage.Click To Enlarge

Here we have habaneros infusing in organic apple cider vinegar to make habanero shrub. Shrubs were also called switchel and beveridge in Colonial times and usually made with fruit. Once the fruit was used, the flavored vinegar was mixed with honey to make a stimulating beverage.

Photo: Susan Belsinger

Ingredients:

Makes about 1 pint

1/4 cup ripe, blemish-free habanero peppers
1 cup apple cider vinegar
less than 1 cup honey

Our friend Marion Spear is the queen of shrubs. She makes them from all kinds of fruits and introduced us to chile pepper shrub. Yeehaw! Besides as a sipping beverage to clear the throat before singing, she uses them on ice cream, as a beverage with cream (rather like a syllabub), with whipped cream as a pie filling and in a multitude of other ways. If you can tolerate foods that have the characteristic capsaicin burn, you will find this shrub an invigorating, delicious tonic. The honey balances and subdues the heat without totally extinguishing it. I use this whenever I feel a sniffle, cold or sore throat coming on.

Wearing rubber gloves, wash and cut slits in the habaneros. Put the chilies in a sterilized pint-size jar and pour in the vinegar. Cover tightly. Place jar in the refrigerator for one or more weeks. After the vinegar has been infused with the flavor and heat of the habaneros, strain out chiles.

(Marion says not to discard these pickled peppers! Cover them with fresh vinegar or cook them up into a hot sauce.) Measure the habanero vinegar and stir in an equal measure of honey.


posted in: habaneros, apple cider vinegar, habanero shrub

Comments (21)

stephenstone15 writes: Its very usefull
Posted: 3:39 am on October 18th
frankortega25 writes: I like this.
Posted: 2:03 am on October 15th
helenwise writes: Brilliant
Posted: 5:07 am on October 6th
smithjohn12 writes: Wonderful
Posted: 1:45 am on October 4th
ericlimberlet writes: Nice job
Posted: 7:53 am on September 27th
Ednajooper writes: looking great
Posted: 4:36 am on September 15th
guydixon21 writes: I like this.
Posted: 11:47 pm on August 26th
wiseharvey writes: Excellent
Posted: 1:11 am on August 26th
brownwillis writes: Very Nice
Posted: 5:27 am on August 17th
danfowler88 writes: Great work
Posted: 12:17 am on August 3rd
dexterharris writes: This is very useful.
Posted: 12:08 am on March 10th
solomon9 writes: very nice.
Posted: 4:42 am on February 26th
AndyNick writes: really like it
Posted: 1:55 am on February 23rd
ammyvirk writes: I need this.
Posted: 12:32 am on January 27th
claudekonen writes: lovely... how is its taste ??
Posted: 8:17 am on December 25th
Amymoriya writes: Nice stuff
Posted: 3:21 am on May 23rd
howardjackson writes: Healthy and Tasty
Posted: 3:20 am on April 6th
davidramirez5 writes: Impressive
Posted: 7:44 am on April 2nd
earlcollins writes: Great work done..
Posted: 8:27 am on March 31st
juanbell writes: Very impressive.. Really good
Posted: 2:29 am on March 28th
KelvinSam writes: Good for health and brain as well
Posted: 5:12 am on March 19th
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