Vinegar-based drinks have a surprisingly long history, dating back to Ancient Greece. But it was centuries later, in 17th-century England and colonial America, that they became a popular drink, often known as “shrubs” and “switchels” .
Traditional drinking-vinegars were made by macerating fruit, herbs or spices with sugar or honey before straining and adding vinegar. These tart, flavourful syrups were then mixed with water for a refreshing and reviving drink.
Industrial food processing and refrigeration almost led to the demise of this drink entirely. But thankfully today, age-old recipes are being rediscovered and new ideas are being developed to reintroduce people once more to these delicious beverages.