What Makes Our Shrubs So Unique?
From start to finish, we are committed to using premium ingredients. The first item in a shrub drink is whole fruit. Many beverage companies buy generic, old, bruised, and overripe fruit in order to cut production costs, but Shivelight Premium Beverage Company uses fresh, high value, locally harvested ingredients from Montana producers.
We first make a pure juice with the whole, high-quality fruit which we then blend with raw, artisanal Montana knapweed honey to make a syrup. The raw honey we source from Wustner Brothers provides a rich dose of phytonutrients and antioxidants. We not only use the greatest ingredients on the market, but we also do everything that we can to avoid interfering with the benefits those ingredients provide.
After the fruit and honey are combined to form a smooth syrup, we add raw apple cider vinegar. Vinegar is widely accepted to be medicinal, healthful, and raw, unprocessed vinegar offers the most benefits. In opting for the most natural and high quality vinegar, we retain as much of the phytonutrients, vitamins, and enzymes as possible from the fermentation process.
Our specific tradition of shrub drinks grew from early European drinking vinegar or medicinal cordials. Drinking vinegars have been accepted throughout history as medicines to treat a variety of ailments and illnesses. They were often blended with other potent spices and herbs.
Drinking vinegars are commonly held to be restorative and nutritional. They are known to cleanse the digestive tract while helping the body absorb vital vitamins and nutrients. When vinegar is left unfiltered and unprocessed, it has a rich body of phytonutrients, probiotics, vitamins, and enzymes left over from the fermentation process. These fermented plant proteins and pectins can coat the digestive tract and help prevent stomach cramps, gas, and bloating.
Adding shrub drinks to your daily routine, preferably before meals, is widely reported as beneficial. Digestion may improve. Vitamin and nutrient absorption may increase. Many people experience less stomach irritation, acid reflux, and constipation. Because of its slight bitter tartness, a drinking vinegar may help suppress appetite and aid in weight loss.
Shrubs are delicious and refreshing but the medicinal property provides much more. Your skin potentially will look and feel better. All our flavors display Montana’s rich farming heritage. With artisanal honey, premium Montana fruit, and top-shelf honey, you will notice the difference in our incredible flavors. No matter your reasoning, if you partake in Shivelight Premium Beverage shrubs, you will notice how our choices in quality ingredients translate to our incredible taste. Shivelight is the top rank shrub producer on the market.
Cocktail mixers are liquids that are blended with alcohol to make a tasty beverage. Margarita and the bloody mary mix are two of the most popular examples. Mixers make cocktail preparations very simple, but they often contain a lot of added sugar and low-quality ingredients. In fact, many people notice that their stomach turns while drinking cocktail mixers.
Shrubs reportedly support digestion rather than upset it. Vinegar used to serve as a preservative for fruit punch, but the tart flavor became the desired favorite, so vinegar continued to be added long after it was needed to preserve the fruit. That’s how drinking vinegars can replace cocktail mixers to create a unique and healthy alternative.
If you are searching for a tasty alternative to sugary cocktail mixers, please investigate the Shivelight Premium Beverage Company store for our flavors and our recommended drink recipes. You will notice many of our drinks have Montana themed names, such as our Mission Mountain Mojito and our Woodstove In A Blizzard. We are proud of our Montana heritage and wish to showcase the rich agricultural heritage inherent in our products. Please also follow us on our Shivelight Premium Beverage Company Facebook, where customers describe their shrub cocktail recipes. We are happy to share Montana with everyone.
Cocktail Syrups Vs. Shrubs
When most of us are preparing for a party, we habitually grab mass produced cocktail syrups. Because they are already blended, they make cocktails quick and easy to serve. But how healthy are cocktail syrups? Most cocktail syrups are made from high fructose corn syrup – other ingredients and spices may be added, corn syrup is often a staple ingredient.
You get something much different when you use cocktail shrubs – a traditional version of a European vinegar tonic developed from medicinal cordials. Unprocessed and unfiltered vinegar is widely accepted to have health benefits. That is why shrub drinks are not only refreshing, but they are also known to purify and repair the digestive tract. Let’s observe the possible health benefits of shrub cocktails.
During the fermentation process, vinegar creates a rich concentration of pectin, protein enzymes and probiotics. These raw plant materials coat the gastrointestinal tract and help ease stomach cramps, bloating, and gas. Many people experience improved digestion when including drinking shrubs in the daily diet. And many people report less heartburn and intestinal problems.
Shivelight not only uses premium unfiltered apple cider vinegar but also raw unfiltered Montana knapweed honey, which is rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants on its own, not to mention vitamins and minerals from whole fruit. With all our superior ingredients combined, our cocktail shrubs will certainly have you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Shrub Cocktail Recipes
Are you searching for a unique beverage to add to your Montana themed wedding? Are you hosting guests from out of town? Or, would you like to leave a local treat for tenants in your short-term rental space? Or, do you like to treat yourself to a nice adult beverage after the kids are asleep?
Whatever your reasoning is, we are certain Shivelight shrubs will provide a creative tasty refreshment better than any traditional cocktail.
Woodstove in a Blizzard
- 1 oz Shivelight Bitterroot Apple and Cinnamon Shrub
- 1.5 oz Your choice of Bourbon, Brandy, or Spiced Rum
- 4 oz of Hot Water
- 1 Lemon wedge
Because this drink is served hot, it does not need to be shaken. Pour all ingredients into a mug and squeeze a lemon over it. Stir nicely.
Mission Mountain Mojito
- 1oz Shivelight Flathead Cherry or Huckleberry Shrub
- 1.5oz White Rum
- 3 Wedges of Lime
- 4 oz Soda Water
- 6-8 Mint Leaves
In the bottle of a glass, muddle the lemon and mint together. Brim the glass with ice and add the shrub and rum. Top off the drink with soda and gradually stir. Lime and mint make decorative garnishes.
The word Shivelight is a traditional English term that describes sun rays breaking through the dense forest canopy. It’s hard to imagine walking through a forest with sunbeams without eliciting a sense of peace and belonging. We are confident that our artisanal beverages will conjure a similar feeling of comfort and belonging.
At Shivelight Premium Beverage Company, we are honored to showcase Montana’s rich natural and agricultural heritage by using the highest quality, specifically sourced, ingredients in our products.
About Our Shrubs
The base of our shrubs is whole, high quality fruit. After that, all of our shrubs use raw knapweed honey from Wustner Brothers in Missoula, whose hives are located in the gorgeous Sapphire Mountains of Montana. From there, their honeybees are free to feed on wildflowers, knapweed, and other wild plants. Wustner Brothers Honey is raw and unfiltered, which means it holds a myriad of nutritional value that is often extracted with the filtering process.
Our Flathead Cherry shrub is made from cherries grown by The Orchard at Flathead Lake. The stunning orchard overlooks the lake’s East Shore and is a small generational family producer. Children run between the trees and eat from the branches at The Orchard at Flathead Lake, so the owners are determined to practice organic and risk free harvesting methods.
What do you think of when you picture a ginger plant? Most of us think of a warm tropical climate. But did you know that the landscape of Montana is so diverse, there are some areas where the water spills from the ground at 87 degrees? Ginger grows well in very select areas of Montana. Deluge Farm is the only commercial grower of ginger in Montana, and we buy all of the magical stuff.
Huckleberry may be the most distinctive of all Montana flavors. The legendary berry of the American Pacific Northwest, huckleberries have never been successfully cultivated, and therefore has come to represent wild alpine areas and is one of Montana’s most unique flavor profiles.
We are dedicated to representing the natural and agricultural history of Montana with each of our signature flavors. It is important for us to know the people and places that produce our ingredients, and we want you to know them too. Check out our Montana, Bottled video series to meet our producers. When you buy Shivelight products, you are supporting more than one small business!
Because of our strict standards in premium quality ingredients, we are sure you will notice the difference in the taste and quality of our Shivelight drinking shrubs. There are numerous ways to enjoy shrub drinks and multiple reasons to add them to your daily diet.