Butternut Squash and Sage Shrub Cocktail
Recipe Type: Drink, Cocktail
Tangy and sweet vinegar cocktails are perfect party pleasers. Step up your cocktail game with this butternut squash and sage shrub drink.
  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1½ cups apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, roughly shredded
  • Ice
  • Vodka, rum or bourbon
  • Ginger-ale, cream soda or ginger beer
  • Garnishes: maple syrup, sugar, fresh sage, vanilla beans
  1. Bake the squash as you normally would (cut in half, face down in a pan with a little water, 350 degrees for about 45 minutes). When it has cooked and cooled, scoop the inside out of the skin. Scoop 2 cups into a large glass jar (or another container that has a tight lid), then set aside the remaining squash for other uses. The squash doesn't have to be pureed or smooth as it will breakdown with the sugar and vinegar.
  2. Then add the cup of sugar. Stir it until it is well incorporated. Place the lid on the jar or container and store in the fridge overnight (for at least 12 hours).
  3. Next, add in the vinegar and the sage. Place the lid back on and give it a few good shakes. Refrigerate for another 3-5 hours.
  4. Finally, strain the mixture through a fine sieve into an airtight container. Store in the fridge until you're ready to mix up the cocktails.
  5. To make a cocktail, dip the rim of a glass into maple syrup then sugar. Add a couple of ice cubes, 2 tablespoons of your choice of liquor and 5 tablespoons of shrub mixture. Stir, then top off with ginger-ale or your choice of bubbly. Garnish with fresh sage and a vanilla bean "stirrer" (aka half of a vanilla bean). Serve immediately.
Canned or fresh pumpkin puree can be used in place of the squash.
For a non-alcoholic version, simply skip the liquor.
Recipe by Honest Cooking by Mercato Fabbrica at https://honestcooking.com/butternut-squash-sage-shrub-cocktail/