Concord Grape Balsamic Shrub

We received some concord grapes in our produce box, and after eating a few they started to languish in the fridge.  Not wanting them to go to waste, I remembered my friend NC making a grape shrub last year, so I quickly searched the internet for a recipe and got to work.


I used this recipe from Food 52:

  • 3 1/2 cups Concord grapes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Combine the grapes with the sugar and mash the fruit to release its juice. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit overnight (or up to two days if you get busy!) in the fridge.




Strain grape juice through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl and let it sit for about half an hour. At this point, I placed the remaining grapes onto a double thickness of cheesecloth and gave it a good squeeze to extract any last bits of juice. A wooden spoon in the strainer would also work.


Add the vinegar to the juice, then pour the mixture into a quart container and let sit for a week in the fridge.


Serve with club soda (1:3 ratio) or whiskey (1:2 ratio). Or sip yours straight. The shrub will keep in the fridge for up to a year.


This one I made with gin:  1 shot shrub, 1 shot gin, 2 shots fizzy water.  enjoy!


One thought on “Concord Grape Balsamic Shrub

  1. I have to make this! I’ve never seen Concord grapes in Australia but they look similar to our Muscat grapes – very juicy, sweet, and intense, heady fragrance (used to make dessert wines). I’m also keen to try a shrub with balsamic vinegar! I’ve done apple cider and rice vinegar versions so far.

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