Gin, Pepper & Blueberry Shrub Cocktail

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Gin, Pepper & Blueberry Shrub Cocktail

Fruity, tangy, and aromatic, this cocktail is topped with sparkling wine to make it a bit lighter & fizzy.

Ingredients:                      Makes 1 Cocktail (plus extra syrup) 

Raw Sugar Base Syrup:
1 cup Raw (Demerara) Sugar
1 cup Water

Black Pepper Syrup:
½ cup Raw Sugar Simple Syrup (save the extra for other recipes)
1 tbsp Black Peppercorns, lightly crushed

1 1/2oz Gin (we used Voyager)
1/2oz Blueberry Shrub
Light 1/2oz Black Pepper Syrup
Light 1/4oz Lemon Juice
Brut Sparkling White Wine

Garnish: 12 Blueberries, Twist of Lime Zest


  1. Make the base syrup: combine the raw sugar & water in a small saucepan. Heat the water to a simmer, stirring, until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Take a half cup of the resulting syrup and bring it to a simmer in a separate pot. Add the peppercorns and simmer 5-10 minutes, until you like the intensity of the flavor.

You can reserve the extra raw sugar syrup for other recipes, or multiply the pepper syrup recipe to use it all up.

  1. Combine in a mixing tin the gin, blueberry shrub, pepper syrup, lemon juice.
  2. Shake with ice to chill & combine.
  3. Double-strain into a martini glass.
  4. Top with sparkling wine.
  5. Gently plop in the blueberries. Garnish with the lime zest & serve.

Recipe by Laura Bishop
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Comments 2

  1. Hey, so we randomly Googled and found this recipe because I was looking for something to do with my blueberry shrub. This was EXCELLENT. I really mean it, great drink. I added a few chunks of fresh ginger to the black pepper syrup and strained it out with the peppercorns. Otherwise, followed to the letter and everyone decided to have another round immediately. Thanks!

  2. Post

    Hi M,

    Thanks for the feedback! We love hearing from people about our recipes. That ginger addition sounds like a tasty one – blueberries & ginger really do get along well. We’ll have to give it a try!

    Marx Foods

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