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Strawberry-lime sweet & sour

Strawberry-lime sweet & sour
Los Angeles Times

Shrubs -- they're not just for hiding in! Tart, acidic and weirdly, wonderfully refreshing, drinking vinegars known as "shrubs" are finding a savory home on a growing number of Los Angeles drink menus. Sometimes they're added to soda water as ... Read more

Total time: 20 minutes, plus several days marinating time | Makes about 5 cups sweet & sour
  • 3 cups strawberries
  • 2 makrut lime leaves
  • 1 quart Champagne vinegar
  • 4 cups sugar
  • Salt
  • Soda water

Step 1In a large, 2-quart glass jar, mash the strawberries. Pour over the vinegar and cover with a non-metal lid. Place in a cool, dark place for 7 to 10 days.

Step 2Pour the strawberry mixture into a medium stainless steel pot and add the sugar, makrut lime leaves and a pinch of salt. Boil the mixture for 10 minutes.

Step 3Strain the mixture into sterilized jars and cool.

Step 4To serve with soda water, mix 1 part sweet & sour with 4 parts soda water over ice and serve immediately.

Note: From Josef Centeno of Baco Mercat. Makrut lime leaves can generally be found in Thai and East Asian markets. The sweet & sour syrup also can be used in cocktails; add to taste with your favorite clear spirit and top with soda.

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