Sweet-tart and heart healthy hibiscus mixed with antioxidant rich cherries and star anise make a refreshing beverage enjoyed over ice or use the syrup to top your favorite frozen dessert. Use the “pickled” cherries in green salads or chicken salad; smoothies or anywhere that you want a slightly sweet addition.
MAKES: 3 cups
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2/3 cup 100% pure, local honey
1/4 cup dried hibiscus flowers (find on Amazon.com or bulk section of grocery)
2 star anise pods (spice section of grocery)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen, pitted sweet cherries
2 tablespoons dried tart cherries
- In a two-liter-sized, wide-mouth Mason jar or pitcher with a lid mix apple cider vinegar and honey. Stir until combined and honey is thoroughly mixed into vinegar.
- Add hibiscus flowers, star anise, fresh/frozen and dried cherries and stir to combine. Put cover on container and place the jar in the back of your refrigerator and let it sit for 3-7 days. Taste the shrub beginning on day three. If you’re happy with the flavor, strain cherries and reserve for other use. Press firmly to remove all the liquid.
- Store strained shrub in a clean jar and keep refrigerated. It is ready to use now, but will mature in flavor over time. Store, refrigerated for up to two months.