Pineapple Sage Shrub + scenes from #bossbabefestMSP!
This pineapple sage shrub is my new favorite shrub.
But first this.
I’ve been putting off writing this post. Mostly because I needed to digest the moments, properly store away the memories and find the words to articulate the love I experienced in Minneapolis-Saint Paul this past July. For about six months Amanda and I planned a retreat for ten women. The setting was on a lake. In a lake house, where we’d all lay our heads under the same roof and dream the same dreams. To love and support each one another.
To build a sisterhood like no other.
Here’s the thing about what we do, as bloggers. It’s isolated. It’s spent mostly at home without any human interaction. With the occasional UPS man knocking at the door or baby crying or weird conversation with a cat, we are alone. In our kitchens and behind our cameras and computers. We spend our lives developing recipes and telling stories out of love, to share them with the universe to build a community. That community is comprised of readers, like you, and other bloggers who eventually become our confidants, coaches, muses, therapists, and best friends.
Only these are the kinds of best friends you can never get coffee with or hug. Only text, call and communicate by modern technology like social media. But nonetheless our bond is strong. Whether it’s a group of twenty, ten or two, wherever you find your friends, your support, your sisterhood – embrace it. Women loving women, it’s a damn beautiful thing.
Our official sponsor, Vital Proteins made #bossbabefestMSP a reality. Before I left, I introduced you to them here. Vital Proteins makes my marine collagen dreams come true! And a thank you to our other sponsors: Vital Farms, General Mills, Bob’s Red Mill, Rodelle, NOW Foods and Udi’s Gluten Free.
Also, a big thanks to LaCroix Water for pumping our veins full of carbonated magic for four straight days. And for making our final night of the retreat a dream world come true. Complete with a catered, farm-to-table plant-based dinner and all the mocktails/fauxtails and teatails we desired.
I worked with LaCroix leading up to the retreat to carefully craft a final meal together. An experience really. Of mixing different LaCroix flavors with botanical shrubs and floral tea syrups. They supplied the bubbles and I handcrafted the elixirs. It was a flavor explosion with infinite amounts of combinations. My favorite was the pineapple sage shrub with Lemon LaCroix, originally inspired by my pineapple sage bush in my garden. This shrub is sweet and tart and herbal.
Lastly, thank you Amanda. My partner in crime. My go-to girl, for all things. You sweet, beautiful soul you. Here are all the women who attended, read their version of the story and look at their pretty pictures in their recaps below.
Pineapple Sage Shrub
Shrubs make for great drinks poured over ice with a little sparkling water. If you cannot find or do not prefer Lemon LaCroix any plain carbonated water with work beautifully. This shrub is honey sweetened, to make it vegan substitute the honey with agave, maple syrup or cane sugar. This will keep for a minimum of 7 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- In a small sauce pan, bring the water and pineapple to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and add in the sage leaves, and muddle for a few minutes. Allow the mixture to rest for about 5 minutes. Then add in the honey and stir to dissolve.
- Strain the mixture, reserving the liquid and discarding the pineapples and sage pulp. Add in the apple cider vinegar, stir once more.
- Cool completely before use.
- To serve combine 2 ounces shrub over ice and top with sparkling water. To make it boozy, add 1 ounce gin or your favorite spirit.
This post is in partnership with LaCroix Water + all of the other brands that made #bossbabefestMSP possible; all opinions are my own.