Black Sheep Cranberry Shrub

By: Black Sheep Creators

This Cranberry Shrub Tequila Cocktail is the perfect holiday cocktail! Cranberry flavour with hints of black pepper, rosemary, agave, and cinnamon is combined with tequila and seltzer for a festive and colorful drink. 

Black Sheep Cranberry Shrub


For the shrub:

  • 1 cup water

  • 3 cups fresh cranberries

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • 2 allspice berries or whole cloves

  • 1 ½ cup White Balsamic Vinegar

  • 2 ounces tequila reposado

  • 3/4 ounce cranberry shrub

  • 1 teaspoon Honey

  • 3 dashes Barrel Aged Aromatic Bitters

  • Rosemary sprig & a few cranberries, for garnish


To make the shrub:

  1. Combine the water, cranberries, sugar and spices in a medium saucepan.

  2. Turn heat to high, wait until it comes to a boil, then reduce heat to very low and cook until the cranberries are soft. This will take about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

  3. Place a mesh strainer or colander on top of a large bowl. Pour the soft cranberry mixture through the strainer and allow the cranberry juice to strain into the bowl.

  4. Use the back of a wooden spoon to get as much liquid from the cranberries as humanly possible. 

  5. Add the vinegar to the cranberry mixture. Taste to see if more sugar or vinegar is needed, and season accordingly. Pour into mason jars and refrigerate until happy hour! 

To make the cocktail:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

  2. Add tequila (whiskey also works beautifully!), cranberry shrub, honey and bitters and give a good shake, about 30 seconds.

  3. Strain into a coupe glass, then garnish with a rosemary sprig or a few cranberries and serve. 

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