Watermelon Shrub

The term "shrub" refers to two different things: a tart, fruity liquid you can sip straight up (a shrub starter) and a drink or cocktail made with the liquid. Enjoy it in our delicious watermelon-mint shrub cocktail.

Watermelon Shrub in glass with skewer of watermelon cubs
Photo: Jacob Fox
Total Time:
10 mins
2 1/4 cups


  • ½ cup water

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 2 cup coarsely chopped watermelon

  • ½ cup red wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice


  1. For sugar syrup, in a small saucepan combine the water and sugar. Bring to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cool.

  2. Meanwhile, place watermelon in a blender or food processor. Cover and blend or process until liquefied. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Stir in sugar syrup, vinegar, and lime juice. Transfer to an airtight container. Store in refrigerator up to 5 days. Stir before using.

Watermelon-Mint Shrub Cocktail

Add a fresh mint sprig to a cocktail shaker; crush against side with a muddler or the back of a spoon. Add 1/4 cup (2 oz.) Watermelon Shrub and 3 Tbsp. (1 1/2 oz.) rum. Add ice cubes; cover and shake until very cold. Strain liquid into an ice-filled rocks glass. Top with 1/4 cup (2 oz.) chilled club soda. If desired, serve with an additional mint sprig. Makes 1 (3/4-cup) drink.Per Serving : 131 calories, 0 g protein, 8 g carbohydrate, 0 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 8 g total sugar, 4% Vitamin A, 4% Vitamin C, 15 mg sodium, 1% calcium, 1% iron

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

35 Calories
8g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 9
Calories 35
% Daily Value *
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 8g
Vitamin C 3.3mg 17%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0.1mg 1%
Potassium 45mg 1%
Folate, total 1.2mcg

*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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