A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY
THE ENGLISH, THE AMERICAN AND THE AUSTRALIAN
THE WORD “SHRUB”
The word “shrub” is derived from the Arabic sharab, meaning “drink” and people have enjoyed versions of these concoctions the world over—from colonial America, where sailors used them to prevent scurvy, to modern Asia, where people sip drinking vinegars as a health tonic.
THE EARLY ENGLISH
The early English version of a shrub arose from medicinal cordials of the 15th century as well as one of the oldest sweet and sour syrups from Persia dating back to the ancient times called Sekanjabin, a combination of vinegar (serkeh) and “angabin,” which refers to honey and a natural honey sweet.
The American version of a shrub has its origins in 17th century England where vinegar was used as an alternative to citrus juices in the preservation of berries and other fruits for the off-season. Fruit preserves made in this fashion were themselves known as shrubs and the practice carried over to colonial America. By the 19th century, typical American recipes for shrubs used vinegar poured over fruit—traditionally berries—which was left to infuse anywhere from overnight up to several days; afterwards, the fruit would be strained out and the remaining liquid would be mixed with a sweetener such as sugar or honey and then reduced to make a syrup. The sweet-and-sour syrup could be mixed with either water or soda water and served as a soft drink, or it could be used as a mixer in alcoholic cocktails.
We may not be the first Australian shrub that ever existed but we are certainly the first Australian shrub ever of OUR kind…cold-pressed, all natural and untreated in any shape and form.