Cocktail Shrubs

Can you recall the last time you have had a truly remarkable mixed drink? Something interesting and tasty? Using shrubs in cocktails are exploding in popularity because they create a truly uncommon drinking experience.

The History Behind Cocktail Shrubs

Back before there was mass refrigeration, vinegar was used to preserve fruit mixtures which were later blended with alcohol to make punch cocktails. The taste of the vinegar was so well liked that even after vinegar was no longer needed for preserving the fruit it was added for its flavor. That’s why drinking vinegars are still used today for artisanal cocktails.

To put it simply, shrubs are a traditional concoction that combines fruit, honey, and drinking vinegars. They are taken in quick drinks of small undiluted shots for their medicinal properties. Sometimes they are added to carbonated water as a nonalcoholic soda mock-cocktail and artisanal shrubs are widely used by professional mixologists to create craft cocktails. With our shrubs, you can make completely balanced and intriguing cocktails at home with nothing more than liquor and soda water.

Whether you are making a non-alcoholic mock cocktail or a traditional cocktail, you will find Shivelight Premium Beverage Company to have the most flavorful and unique shrubs on the market.

What Is A Shrub Cocktail?

How many of us have bought cheap cocktail mixers when throwing a party? They make serving drinks so simple. There is nothing to them, you just need to add alcohol. How simple is that?

Well, why not add some quality and style to your beverage preparations with little to no additional effort. Rather than a plain and typical cocktail mixer, provide a premium cocktail shrub. Shivelight Premium Beverage Company offers four unique flavors of cocktail shrubs, which include Ginger Honey, Bitterroot Apple, Flathead Cherry, and Huckleberry.

From start to finish, we source our premium products from local and sustainable sources. Rather than generic sugars or cheaply processed honey, all of our shrubs contain raw artisanal Montana knapweed honey. Rather than bruised, overripe or generic fruit, Shivelight is committed to using whole, specifically sourced fruit. After pressing juice and adding honey to make a syrup we add high quality unfiltered apple cider vinegar. That means all our cocktail shrubs contain the healthul properties of unfiltered fermented apple cider vinegar.

With our strict dedication to high quality ingredients, your shrub cocktails will be the talk of the party. Each shrub option has a unique flavor profile, with variations in sweetness and tartness. Explore our product list on our website to find which one intrigues you. Or, try one of our mix and match samples of six bottles and give them all a try.

Shrub Cocktail Recipes

Back before there was proper refrigeration, vinegar was used to preserve fruit mixtures which were later blended with alcohol to make punch cocktails. The taste of the vinegar was so well liked that even after vinegar was no longer needed for preserving the fruit it was added for its flavor. That’s why drinking vinegars are still used today for artisanal cocktails.

Please explore the Shivelight product list for several of our recommended cocktail recipes. We take pride in our Montana heritage and created several Montana themed names, such as our Mission Mountain Mojito and our Woodstove in a Blizzard cocktails. You can also follow us on our Facebook page to see how other customers blend their shrub cocktails.

The most important thing to note while crafting shrub cocktail recipes is that it is meant to be adventurous and playful. Don’t worry about doing things wrong. Start with what you know you light then build from there. Before you know it, you will be wowing your friends with unique and exciting recipes of your own.

Here are a few more of our most popular shrub cocktail recipes:


St Mary’s Shandy

  • 2 oz of any Shivelight shrub
  • 12 oz of a light lager

Put Shivelight shrub into a glass. Add the lager.

Martin City Mimosa

  • 1 oz of any Shivelight shrub
  • 5 oz Champaign or sparkling wine

Pour Shivelight shrub into a flute glass. And then slowly combine the sparkling wine.


Three Apples

  • 1 oz Shivelight Bitterroot Apple and Cinnamon Shrub
  • 1.5 oz Apple Brandy
  • 1.5 oz Hard Cider

In a shaker, toss shrub and brandy with ice. After it is shaken well, strain into a martini glass. Top it off with a hard cider and an apple wheel.

How To Make A Shrub Cocktail

If you are new to making cocktails, have no fear. They are not as intimidating as they seem. Shrub cocktail mixers allow you to make impressive artisanal cocktails in very little time. With a few simple steps, you can appear to be a master mixologist. Let’s look at a few simple steps you can take to make your shrub cocktails stand out.

Choose Quality Liquor – Shivelight Premium Beverage Company remains dedicated from start to finish using only the most superior ingredients. Follow suit and invest in quality alcohol. You don’t have to buy the most expensive bottle of brandy available, but booze is just like anything else. You get what you pay for.

Combine Two or More Alcohols to Enhance Flavors – Sometimes blending another drink which is lower in alcohol content can enhance the flavors. If you are going to get creative with your blends, we sure to test out their compatibility beforehand. For instance, gin and a light beer may go well together. But, red wine and sambuca are not likely pairs.

Find a Cocktail Shaker – To get really creative and blend drinks properly, any good mixologist needs a cocktail shaker. You can rummage around and pull together unlikely items in your kitchen to meet your needs, or you can invest in a nice cocktail set. There is a range in style, some of the fancier ones being made of copper. Make sure your cocktail set includes a jigger, which is a one once measuring cup for alcohol.

Learn the art of Meddling Fruit – Meddling fruit is when you mash fruit at the bottom of the mixing cup before adding liquid. This allows all the acids and juices to line the inside of the cup before it is blended with the shrubs and alcohol.

Learn How to Garnish – Presentation is everything, even when it comes to shrub cocktails. A cinnamon stick or a lemon wheel floating in a martini glass not only looks decadent, it adds incredible flavor.

No matter if you are just starting to play with mixing cocktails, or if you are an experienced bartender. There are several ways you can uplift your style and performance. At Shivelight Premium Beverage Company, we feel confident that our cocktail shrubs will impress your guests and provide refreshments unmatched in quality.

Cocktails Made With Shrubs

Are you looking for a creative cocktail to add to your Montana themed wedding? Are you wanting to amaze your house guests or family? Or, maybe you would just like to treat yourself with an exceptionally tasty cocktail at the end of a long day. Whatever your reasons may be, cocktails made with Shivelight Premium Shrubs are sure to impress.

To find a comprehensive catalog of our favorite cocktail recipes made with shrubs, we encourage you to explore our full product list. As customers design new creative drinks, we encourage you to list them to our Facebook page. Here are a few more recipes with a variety of our cocktail shrubs.

The Classic

This is a simple traditional go-to.

  • 1oz Ginger Honey (or any flavor of Shivelight Shrub)
  • 1.5oz Rum
  • 4oz of soda water with a lemon wedge.

Simply build The Classic in a glass and gently stir in ice.

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Andrea’s Afternoon

  • 1oz Shivelight Flathead Cherry shrub
  • 1.5 oz London Dry Gin
  • 4oz Soda Water
  • 3 stems of fresh thyme
  • 1 lemon wedge

In a glass, strip two stems of thyme. Muddle the thyme leaves with a lemon wedge. Brim the glass with ice and add Shivelight Flathead Cherry shrub with gin. Top off the drink with soda then gently stir. The remaining stem of thyme and a lemon wedge make beautiful garnishes.

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Crown of the Continent

  • 1oz Shivelight Huckleberry shrub
  • 2oz Tequila Blanco
  • 1oz Triple Sec
  • 1 wedge of each lemon, lime, and orange.

Muddle all of the fruit at the bottom of your shaker. Then add your ice, Shivelight Huckleberry shrub, tequila, and triple sec. Shake ingredients well then strain into a martini glass. A lime wheel makes a delightful garnish.

Woodstove in a Blizzard

  • 1oz Shivelight Bitterroot Apple and Cinnamon Shrub.
  • 1.5oz Bourbon, Rye, Brandy, or Spiced Rum.
  • 4oz of hot water
  • 1 wedge of lemon

Because this cocktail is served hot, it does not require shaking. Simply put all ingredients into a mug. Squeeze in lemon juice then drop in a lemon wedge. Stir well.

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Mission Mountain Mojito

  • 1oz Shivelight Flathead Cherry or Huckleberry Shrub
  • 1.5 oz white rum
  • 3 wedges of lime
  • 4oz soda water
  • 6-8 mint leaves.

At the bottom of a glass, muddle the lemon and mint together. Brim the glass with ice and add cocktail shrub. Then pour in the rum. Top of the drink with soda and stir gently. Fresh mint leaves and a lemon wedge make pleasing garnishes.

About Shivelight

Shivelight Premium Beverage Company is located outside of Missoula, Montana. It is our passion to build vital relationships between local farmers and consumers. We aim to showcase the rich heritage of Montana’s growers’ community and the traditional farming practices of this region. That is why we are interested in finding locally owned boutiques, shops, or markets who are interested in putting us on their shelves. Help us share Montana with everyone.

If you are interested in buying Shivelight Premium Cocktail Shrubs wholesale, please contact us. Let’s discuss how we can contribute to your store.

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