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The Strawberry Shrub Cocktail with Chamomile + Honey

A strawberry shrub cocktail with chamomile and honey.
The Strawberry Shrub Cocktail with Chamomile + Honey | The strawberry shrub with chamomile tea and naturally sweetened with a touch of honey. A summertime strawberry shrub cocktail. Or a strawberry cocktail. #strawberryshrub #chamomilecocktail

You guys.

I’m doing a thing.

It’s been something I’ve had my heart set on for a while.

But hadn’t really had the energy to let it live.

Until now.

Let’s start at the beginning. My opinion of St. Louis had to have evolved gradually. But it certainly seemed to have changed drastically overnight. I don’t remember an exact moment in time when it happened. Just one morning I woke up and was like, oh I love it here. I don’t ever want to leave. In one calendar year I went from a reluctant and begrudgingly new Midwesterner to a full-on proud St. Louisan.

The things about St. Louis that once left me underwhelmed now leave me full and satisfied. Most notably the burgeoning food scene and the beautiful people that make this city vibrant and alive. And for the past year there have been many real conversations in my home about me opening up my own restaurant. But because the length of our stay here is unknown, this seems out of the question. At least for now.

With this blog, I’m living the dream. I love my job. Yet I want to do more. Something more tangible outside of this space. I want to cook for people in real life. I want to foster an affordable, unique dining experience that everyone can enjoy. So with restaurant dreams on hold, I’m launching a pop-up dinner series.

I’ll be doing the cooking. And you’ll be doing the eating, drinking, mingling and relaxing. All events will be plant-focused, featuring local Midwestern produce and goods. My first event, Late Spring will be an intimate, plated dinner, underneath the stars, complete with hand-crafted cocktails and a fire pit.

Tickets are on sale now! For more details, click here.

Late Spring will kick off with this strawberry shrub cocktail in hand. A cocktail made with a fresh strawberry shrub and infused with chamomile tea and lightly sweetened with honey and spiked with gin. If you live in the St. Louis area I hope to see you at an upcoming pop-up event of mine soon. And if you have an idea for a pop-up or a venue or you’re a purveyor and you’d like to include your goods at my next event, send me a message. I’d love to collaborate!

All the love, all the time! xx

The Strawberry Shrub Cocktail with Chamomile + Honey | The strawberry shrub with chamomile tea and naturally sweetened with a touch of honey. A summertime strawberry shrub cocktail. Or a strawberry cocktail. #strawberryshrub #chamomilecocktail

The Strawberry Shrub Cocktail with Chamomile + Honey | The strawberry shrub with chamomile tea and naturally sweetened with a touch of honey. A summertime strawberry shrub cocktail. Or a strawberry cocktail. #strawberryshrub #chamomilecocktail

The Strawberry Shrub Cocktail with Chamomile + Honey | The strawberry shrub with chamomile tea and naturally sweetened with a touch of honey. A summertime strawberry shrub cocktail. Or a strawberry cocktail. #strawberryshrub #chamomilecocktail

The Strawberry Shrub Cocktail with Chamomile + Honey | The strawberry shrub with chamomile tea and naturally sweetened with a touch of honey. A summertime strawberry shrub cocktail. Or a strawberry cocktail. #strawberryshrub #chamomilecocktail

The Strawberry Shrub Cocktail with Chamomile + Honey | The strawberry shrub with chamomile tea and naturally sweetened with a touch of honey. A summertime strawberry shrub cocktail. Or a strawberry cocktail. #strawberryshrub #chamomilecocktail

Strawberry Shrub

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Serves 1½ cups

This shrub will stay fresh for about 7 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 cups strawberries, diced
  • 1/2 cup local raw honey
  • 1 cup raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar

Directions

In a small sauce pan, bring the water and strawberries to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat and let cool for about 5 minutes. Strain the strawberries, discard the pulp and keep the liquid.

Then add in the honey and stir to dissolve. Next add in the apple cider vinegar. Stir again to combine well.

Cool completely before use.

To serve as a shrub: pour 2 ounces of shrub over some rocks and top with club soda. 

Chamomile Honey Syrup

Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 11 mins
Serves 1 cup

This syrup will stay fresh for about 7 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons loose chamomile tea
  • 1/2 cup raw local honey

Directions

In a small sauce pan, bring the water and chamomile to a gentle boil. Turn the heat off completely and steep for 10 minutes.

Let the tea cool for about 5 minutes, then strain the tea leaves and discard. 

Add in the honey and stir to dissolve.

Cool completely before use.

The Strawberry Shrub Cocktail with Chamomile + Honey

Total Time

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces strawberry shrub
  • 1 ounce chamomile honey syrup
  • 1 ounce gin
  • ice
  • chamomile flowers, to garnish

Directions

In a shaker combine the shrub, syrup, gin and ice. Shake until frothy and strain into a martini glass. 

Garnish with a fresh chamomile flower. 

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34 Responses to "The Strawberry Shrub Cocktail with Chamomile + Honey"

  1. Reply

    Shelley Ludman

    April 28, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    This is super exciting! Such a fabulous idea to host pop-up dinners. I’m certain they will be absolutely fantastic. And these cocktails! Wowza. Love the flavour combination, and that colour! Stunning Sherrie!

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      June 14, 2016 at 10:40 PM

      Thanks Shelly, xx!

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    amanda paa

    April 28, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    I have absolutely loved watching your transformation into a happy Midwestern lady. I didn’t ever want to say, hey, you’ll get used to it because we’re all so different. But I think you’ve found some of the very same things that keep me here. Even as I travel, I can’t see myself permanently in any other place. Your pop-ups are going to be magical. What a wonderful thing to cook for people in real life, and bring your nourishing and beautiful food right to them, and their hearts. xo

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    Tessa | Salted Plains

    April 29, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Yay! It makes me so happy to hear how much you’ve grown to love STL. After living elsewhere for so long, I am so proud of how KC has evolved. Now, to get you over here to see which place you like best. Swooning over these cocktails and hoping you might have a summer event I can attend! xo

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      June 14, 2016 at 10:41 PM

      We really do need to meet up soon! Fall?

  4. Reply

    Sara @ Cake Over Steak

    April 29, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    This is so cool! Good for you, lady. I wish I could attend one of these events in person; they sound fantastic. Good luck with all of it and I can’t wait to hear more. Any chance you’ll visit Philly for a special one?

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      June 14, 2016 at 10:42 PM

      Sara! A pop-up in Philly would be the coolest!

  5. Reply

    Michelle @ Hummingbird High

    April 29, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Congratulations! Your pop-up sounds (and is going to be) incredible!

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      June 14, 2016 at 10:43 PM

      Thanks, sweet lady! xx

  6. Reply

    Barrie

    April 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Nice! Pop-up dinners! What a fabulous idea Sherrie. What a great way to fullfil your passion for cooking for others. I have to plan a trip to visit so I can attend one of these. So proud of you. Love Mom, xo

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      June 14, 2016 at 10:43 PM

      Thanks Mom, I love you.

  7. Reply

    Olaiya

    April 29, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Congrats on the pop-ups! Sounds like so much fun. My husband and I are planning a trip to St. Louis this summer to see his parents. Would love to make our trip coincide with one of your dinners! Any chance you have future dates set?

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      June 14, 2016 at 10:44 PM

      Olaiya! That would be so cool for you to make it to one. I’ve added an events tab so you can keep an eye on all my upcoming events.

  8. Reply

    Cindy

    April 29, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    This is so exciting, Sherrie! Congratulations and wishing you so much luck! This cocktail is a stunner!

  9. Reply

    Summer

    April 29, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Ah! Yay! Your dinners sounds amazing. Good luck with your first one, I’m sure you’ll kill it, especially since it’s starting with this gorgeous drink. Also as a former Chicago-an I’m really glad you’re enjoying your time in the Midwest.

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      June 14, 2016 at 10:45 PM

      Thanks Summer. It’s not so bad here after all, xx.

  10. Reply

    Lea

    April 29, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Love what you are doing. It is heart-felt, luscious, and soul-full. Your love is shining! Congratulations!

  11. Reply

    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well

    April 29, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    What a wonderful idea Sherrie! I love this and am so excited for you. You are a wealth of talent and have the sweetest heart. Wish I could attend! Maybe one day. Have a gorgeous weekend girl! xo

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      June 14, 2016 at 10:46 PM

      Awe thanks Jessie. Maybe one day you totally can indeed! xx

  12. Reply

    Aida Mollenkamp

    April 29, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    Congrats on the pop-ups, Sherrie! And, this drink! Ah, you always win me over with your creativity!

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      June 14, 2016 at 10:46 PM

      Awe, thanks Aida – too kind!

  13. Reply

    Andrea

    April 29, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Yes! Come to Syracuse – we need something like this! Of course, you are my favorite food artist and I love, love, love what you are showing for this dinner.

  14. Reply

    alana

    May 2, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    AHH! Huge congrats on this exciting series! Wish I could attend IRL but will be stalking the socials to live vicariously through all the beautiful photos I’m sure you’ll be snapping! Also, this cocktail = my everything.

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      June 14, 2016 at 10:48 PM

      Haha, thanks Alana. Stalk away, xo!

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    Shelly @ Vegetarian 'Ventures

    May 3, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    So excited for you and what you have planned next! Can’t wait to hear more about how the pop-up goes!

  16. Reply

    kristan

    May 3, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Sherrie! I am so excited for you. You are such an incredibly talented woman! The only bummer is that I wish I lived closer to you, because I would attend everyone one of those dinners that you’ll be hosting. This cocktail is perfection. Congrats again lovely! xo

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      June 14, 2016 at 10:47 PM

      I should take this show on the road. PNW?

  17. Reply

    sarah

    May 4, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Congrats sherrie! I’m so happy for you. This is such a great idea – I just checked out your menu and it sounds amazing! Excited to follow along but jealous we can’t enjoy some of your delicious eats! Much love, xo.

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      June 14, 2016 at 10:48 PM

      Sarah, I miss you!

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