How to Make a Coffee Shrub
Recipe Type: Coffee, Shrub, drink
Serves: 3
This cold, tangy coffee shrub is spiked with maple and balsamic vinegar for a cold fizzy drink that can even be incorporated into cocktails.
For the shrub
  • 2 cups medium-ground coffee
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup organic cane sugar (brown sugar is also nice)
For the drink
  • 1½ ounces coffee shrub
  • Ice
  • Sparkling water
  1. To make shrub, combine coffee grounds, balsamic vinegar, water, maple syrup, and sugar in a medium bowl or other container and stir well. Cover, and let sit at room temperature for 24 hours. Then, strain through a fine-mesh sieve, and once or twice more through a fine-mesh sieve lined with a paper towel. Press well to extract all of the liquid you can. I got nearly ¾ of a cup, enough for at least 3 drinks.
  2. To make the drink, pour 1½ ounces of the shrub into a tall glass filled with ice. Fill about ⅔ of the way with sparkling water, and stir well. Top off with additional sparkling water.
Recipe by Honest Cooking by Mercato Fabbrica at