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Vinegar-laced ‘shrub’ a timeworn cocktail ingredient

The benefits of vinegar are purported to be many — helps weight loss, whitens teeth, lowers blood sugar levels, etc. Though those claims are largely unsubstantiated, I use vinegars as a cocktails flavoring. To me, that’s a benefit.

The use of vinegar as a drink date back centuries. American colonists combined vinegar, fresh berries and sugar as a way to get more yield out of their summer crops. They called it a “shrub.”

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