Mint-Champagne Shrub

Shrub cocktails get their tart pucker from vinegar.

Mint-Champagne Shrub
Photo: Hector M. Sanchez
8 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups loosely packed fresh mint leaves

  • 1/3 cup superfine sugar

  • 1/2 cup elderflower liqueur

  • 1/3 cup Champagne vinegar

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

  • 3 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • Chilled sparkling wine

  • Garnish: fresh mint leaves


  1. Muddle first 2 ingredients in a cocktail shaker to release flavors; add elderflower liqueur and next 3 ingredients. Fill shaker with ice; cover with lid, and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled (about 30 seconds). Strain into 8 (8-oz.) glasses; top with sparkling wine.

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