It’s summer time and though living may not exactly be “easy”, making cocktails should be.
One of our favorite go-to summer cocktails is the 18TH Street Cobbler. It’s a perfectly balanced combination of Lo-Fi Dry Vermouth, sparkling lemonade, and fruit shrub. If you're unfamiliar with shrubs, fear not. We're here to help. Proper shrubs are an equally sweet and tart marriage of vinegar, sugar, and seasonal fruit. They're a simple way to add depth and complexity to a cocktail without overloading on sweetness. Luckily, they're also incredibly easy to make and will last you all summer long.
1 cup fruit, cleaned, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup sugar
Wash and prepare 1 cup of fruit. Combine the fruit with 1 cup of sugar in a bowl. Stir, cover, and stash in the fridge. Allow the mixture to sit overnight until a vibrant syrup is surrounding the fruit. Strain the syrup away from the solids, pressing lightly on the solids to expel all of the juice. Discard the solids and add 1 cup of vinegar to the juice. Whisk to combine, until sugar is dissolved. Pour into a clean bottle and refrigerate.
To make the 18th Street Cobbler combine 3 oz Lo-Fi Dry Vermouth, 3 oz sparkling lemonade, and ½ oz strawberry shrub in a collins glass over crushed ice. Garnish with a fresh strawberry.