The beautiful thing about shrubs is that there are only two rules: something sweet and something acidic. Typically some variety of sugar does the heavy lifting, but here maple syrup offers a perfect hit of character and complexity. And although the beets maybe seem like an odd or unnecessary addition, they actually keep the sweetness in check with a welcome earthiness, and the shrub makes a fantastic mixer in this riff on a Mint Julep.
- 1 sprig mint
- 1 ounce maple beet shrub
- 2 ounces bourbon
- Garnish: mint sprig
Muddle the mint sprig in a Julep cup or a rocks glass.
Add the maple beet shrub, bourbon and a small scoop of crushed ice and stir.
Top with more crushed ice to fill the glass.
Garnish with a mint sprig.
Serve with a straw.