Posts filed under Shrub Cocktails

Cranberry Orange Mule

The holidays are rapidly approaching and that means gathering together with family and friends to celebrate the season and exchange gifts. Below you'll find an easy to make and easy to drink cocktail using some of our favorite holiday flavors. The Pickett's Medium Ginger Beer syrup adds a ginger kick balanced with citrus and sweet notes. The syrup stores in your fridge until you next use it and when mixed it makes up to 96 fl oz.  Bittermens Elemakule Tiki bitters are full of the warm flavors of cinnamon and allspice. These pair with the spice of the ginger beer syrup mingle with the cranberry and orange for a refreshing and balanced cocktail

 photography by Nathan Hubble (  )

photography by Nathan Hubble ( )

Cranberry Orange Mule

2 oz Vodka -we used locally made Red E Vodka

1 oz Picketts Ginger Beer Syrup (available in medium or hot n spicy)

1 1/2 oz Fresh Orange Juice

1 oz 100% Cranberry juice

2 droppers full (approx 15-20 drops) of Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters

seltzer water 


orange wheel for garnish

In Ice filled cocktail shaker, add vodka, Pickett's ginger beer syrup, OJ, cranberry juice and Tiki bitters. Shake. Pour into Solid copper mug, top with seltzer water (approx 3 oz), garnish with orange wheel. Enjoy!

For 4 guests: 8 oz vodka, 4 oz ginger beer syrup, 6 oz OJ, 4 oz cranberry juice, 8 droppers full of Tiki bitters


-swap out the vodka for bourbon (my favorite way to drink a mule!) 

-not a cranberry fan? eliminate the OJ and cranberry and substitute apple cider.


Why add bitters? Bitters are potent flavor enhancers, Adding bitters is a lot like adding herbs and spices when you're cooking. A recipe may be good on it's own but becomes great with the addition of flavors that compliment the ingredients. 

A few dashes of drops add wonderful flavors and balance the cocktail. The sweetness from the oj, cranberry juice and ginger beer syrup is brought down a bit by the addition of bitters making it an even easier cocktail to sip on and enjoy.

 Bittermens Elemakule Tiki bitters are a great addition to this particular cocktail because of how nicely the cinnamon and allspice compliment the ginger and orange. 


As always, feel free to stop in the shop and ask to sample bitters. We're always happy to help you discover new ways to use cocktail ingredients and suggest new cocktails to try making at home. 



Summer BBQ Cocktail & Cooking Ideas

Ever wonder what to bring to those summer BBQ's you keep getting invited too? 

We have quite a few easy and delicious cocktail mixers to bring either as a host /hostess gift or to mix up refreshing summer cocktails. Or maybe you have a shrub sitting in your fridge that you bought, made a few cocktails and now you don't know what to do with the rest. Never fear! 

New Day Cleveland kindly had us back in the studio to talk about easy summer cocktail mixers you could bring to your friend's house as a gift (or be the hit of the party and bring the cocktail)! We also mixed up a cocktail and a main dish using Element's Pineapple Turmeric shrub. Below you'll find the recipes and the link to the episode. 

Hawaiian Pineapple shrub Chicken Kebabs

Marinade ingredients:

1/2 cup Element's Pineapple Turmeric Shrub

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 green onions chopped

1 tsp sesame oil

1 TBS canola oil

2 cloves minced garlic

1 TBS fresh ground ginger or 1/4 tsp ground ginger

1/2-1 tsp crushed red pepper

1 TBS honey (optional)

black pepper to taste

4 chicken breasts thawed & cubed

1 red pepper, cubed

1 green pepper, cubed

1/2- 1 pineapple sliced into 1/2 thick cubes (save the pineapple peel and core to make an easy pineapple beer...recipe coming soon)

wooden skewers soaked in water 

Whisk together marinade ingredients. Set aside about 1/4 cup.  Assemble skewers alternating peppers, chicken, pineapple and so on. Place in a shallow dish and cover with marinade. Cover and let marinate for 45min - 1 hour in the refrigerator. Grill until chicken is cooked thoroughly. Approximately 10-15 minutes total , turning kebabs every 2-3 minutes. Pour reserved marinade over the kebabs for extra flavor. 

*vegetarian option: use firm tofu or cubed portobello mushrooms instead of chicken

--->Be careful not to over marinate the chicken.  Shrubs are vinegar based and will over tenderize the chicken if left to marinate too long. One hour is plenty of time for the chicken and veggies to soak up the flavors.


Lake Erie Swizzle

1 oz dark rum

1 oz gold rum

1/2 oz Cointreau (or triple sec)

3/4 oz Element Pineapple Turmeric Shrub

3/4 oz Orgeat Works Toasted Almond Orgeat

1/2 oz fresh lime juice

2-4 dashes Full Measure Aromatic Bitters

Crushed ice

Tall Swizzle Stick

Collins Glass or tall thin tumbler

Mint for garnish

Measure Ingredients into Collins glass. Place swizzle stick in glass. Fill glass 2/3 full of crushed ice. Swizzle making sure to work the swizzle up and down the glass to thoroughly incorporate ingredients. When glass is frosted and ingredients are blended, remove the swizzle stick and top off with crushed ice. Add bitters, garnish with mint and enjoy! 

* for a little extra flair top with a little drizzle of Pope's All Natural Grenadine. Adds a lovely red color that filters down the glass. 

Please note if you're like me, almost every recipe is a guideline not a rule. Feel free to experiment and make it your own, after all the best recipes are the ones that you and your family love. <3