Botanical Treasures

Blood Orange Shrub

Blood Orange Shrub "George"

This is our first shrub made with xylitol, a natural sweetener with a low glycemic index. With over 10% of the population having diabetes and numerous more being pre-diabetic, we wanted to create a delicious shrub to flavor water other drinks that wasn't made with sugar or honey. 

It's tangy, bright and delicious!  


3 Cups wedged blood oranges (dry measure)

1 Cup Xylitol

1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 Cup Water

1 heaping TBS Hippocras Mulling Spices, available here: Products – Pentacle Herbs or substitute with a similar blend of spices. Hippocras spices include: Vietnamese Cinnamon, Clove, Star Anise, Orange Peel and Allspice


Muddle spice with a little of the sugar.

Pour spices and rest of sugar over blood oranges in bowl. Allow to sit at room temperature for 1/2 hour.

Put in non-reactive sauce pan with rest of ingredients (vinegar and water) and cook over low/med heat for 1/2 hour.

Cool completely.

Place the contents of the pan in an airtight container (we use 1/2G mason jar) and refrigerate mixture for 36 hours. 

Strain twice and store in clean/sterile bottle(s) in the refrigerator.

Add to water, sparkling water for flavor and interest.

This color!



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