Shrubs, Switchels, and Oxymels

Shrubs, Switchels, and Oxymels
Shrubs, Switchels, and Oxymels Workshop
Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2-4pm
Spice Station Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA

Have you wondered what the whole “drinking vinegar” craze is about? Shrubs have taken the cocktail world by storm, but these and other vinegar-based drinks have been around since Colonial America and even Ancient Greece. In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn all about shrubs, switchels, and oxymels, from their fascinating histories to their modern-day uses.

Drinking vinegars at a glance:
• Shrub = vinegar + sweetener + fruit … and sometimes herbs and spices
• Switchel = vinegar + sweetener + ginger … and sometimes rum
• Oxymel = vinegar + honey + herbs

More than just drinks with funny names, shrubs, switchels, and oxymels provide a refreshing, creative, and even healthy way to preserve seasonal ingredients, up your cocktail game, and take your herbal medicine. Drinking vinegars also make a great natural alternative to commercial sodas and artificial drinks.

After tasting some syrups, sodas, and cocktails, you’ll learn basic templates for making each vinegar drink, plus ideas for getting creative with your own variations. You’ll craft your own seasonal fruit shrub and oxymel to take home along with a recipe handout.

As a bonus, participants will also receive a 10% discount at Spice Station on the day of the class.

Class size is limited to 15. All supplies included. All ticket sales final.

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Read more: Prickly Pear and Rose Cachaça at KCET Food


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Read more: Cherry-Balsamic Shrub at KCET Food