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Watermelon Shrub - Simple Delish Nutrient-Dense Summer Drink

SHRUB is a word which comes from the Arabic word sharab, which means “to drink” and is often referred to as drinking vinegar. It was popular during the 17th and 18th century. Even sailors from that era drank shrubs to prevent scurvy! Today, shrubs can be enjoyed as a healthy nonalcoholic spritzer or even a healthier version of a spirited drink.

Shrubs are drinks made with a combination of fruit, sugar, and acid. The simple recipe I’m sharing below is made in a healthy way as it replaces sugar with honey and uses raw apple cider vinegar.

This shrub can turn into a delicious nonalcoholic spritzer by combining equal parts shrub and seltzer.


  • Hydration of essential electrolytes

  • Stabilization of blood sugars

  • Promotes detoxification of the liver

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Aids digestion

  • Relieves muscle soreness

  • Glowing skin

  • Energetic body

If you’re looking for a healthier spirited drink, just add equal parts of a clean alcohol to the shrub and seltzer.

Best clean alcohols include vodka, tequila, and gin.


Prep Time: 15 minutes


5 cups ripe watermelon

1/3 cup of light honey

½ cup raw apple cider vinegar


1. Put the watermelon in the blender and puree until liquified.

2. Strain the puree through a fine mesh strainer.

3. Add the honey and vinegar to the watermelon juice and stir until the honey is dissolved.

4. Place in a glass container and store in the refrigerator for 1-2 days before using. The vinegar taste will disappear over time.

5. Add the shrub to equal parts of bubbly water for a refreshing, hydrating drink like the one pictured here.

6. The Perfect Summer Watermelon Shrub will last in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Recipe obtained from Fermented Food Lab


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