Strawberry and Sage Shrub


Strawberry syrup is mixed with champagne for this light party drink recipe.

Strawberry and Sage Shrub
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
40 mins
Stand Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins


  • 3 16 ounce package frozen unsweetened whole strawberries or three 12-ounce packages frozen unsweetened red raspberries, combination of both

  • 1 cup sugar

  • ¾ cup honey

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • ½ cup lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoon whole pink peppercorns (optional)

  • ½ cup fresh sage leaves or 2 tablespoons dried sage, crushed

  • 4 - 6 cup ice cubes

  • 2 750 milliliter bottle champagne or two 1-liter bottles club soda, chilled

  • Fresh sage leaves (optional)

  • Fresh strawberries or raspberries (optional)


  1. In a 4-quart Dutch oven combine frozen strawberries, sugar, honey, water, lemon peel, lemon juice, and peppercorns. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat until mixture comes to boiling, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in sage. Let mixture stand, uncovered, for 1 hour.

  2. For syrup, press strawberry mixture through a fine mesh sieve; discard solids (you should have 4 to 5 cups sieved syrup). Syrup may be covered and refrigerated up to 3 days.

  3. To serve, combine the syrup and ice cubes. Slowly add champagne. Garnish with additional fresh sage leaves and fresh berries. Makes 14 to 16 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

220 Calories
41g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 220
% Daily Value *
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Total Sugars 33g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 43.7mg 219%
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 164mg 3%
Folate, total 20.2mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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