Summer Berry Shrub
Makes about 3 1/2 cups (enough to make 28 spritzers)
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups coconut sugar (or granulated sugar)
4 ounces strawberries, chopped into large pieces
4 ounces blueberries
4 ounces raspberries
4 ounces blackberries
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1. Combine the water and the sugar in a large saucepan and heat over medium-high heat until the sugar has dissolved completely.
2. Add the berries, let the liquid come to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the fruit syrup to steep and cool for about 10 minutes.
3. Strain the syrup into a large (non-metal) bowl and then stir in the vinegar. Let the syrup sit and cool for about 10 minutes before pouring into glass jars, covering, and putting into the refrigerator to chill.
To make a Summer Berry Shrub Spritzer:
Fill a tall glass about three-quarters full with ice, add two tablespoons of summer berry shrub, then fill the rest of the glass with sparkling water (or seltzer water) and garnish with fresh berries and a sprig of fresh mint.