Apple-Cardamom Shrub

Recipe by Martha Mack

Dive right into the holiday season with this seasonal shrub recipe! Shrubs are a category of drinking vinegars, often infused with fruit, herbs, or spices. This recipe is from our DIY Holiday Shrubs & Simple Syrups class with Stonecutter Spirits led by Martha Mack, Beverage Program Director at Stonecutter Spirits.

Prep Time

2880 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes


2 Cups


3 apples (quartered)
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1⁄2 cup sugar, turbinado
1 tablespoon cardamom seeds (lightly crushed)


Cover and leave in cool place for up to 2 days. After 2 days, place a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl. Strain the mixture. Squeeze to remove any remaining liquid. Discard solids. Pour liquid into clean Mason jar or glass bottle. Shake well to combine. Keep refrigerated. Shrub will keep for up to 1 year.