Cherry shrub drink

A shrub is a delicious fruit and vinegar syrup that makes the most refreshing drink on a hot day. We use cherries with vanilla and thyme, but you can play with fruits that would work well in jam (strawberries, blueberries, plums, nectarines) as well as fresh herbs (basil, mint, thyme, rosemary) and spices (cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla). Have fun and enjoy!

1 cup white sugar
1 cup water
500g cherries, stems removed
1 cup DYC white wine vinegar
3 sprigs Superb Herb thyme
1 vanilla bean, sliced open lengthwise

Bring sugar and water to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir to dissolve sugar, then add cherries, vinegar, thyme and vanilla. Simmer for 15 minutes, until the liquid turns cherry red, take off the heat and let cool.
Strain (keeping the fruit to serve in glasses or over muesli, yoghurt, or ice cream), then pour liquid into a jug.
Serve over ice with soda water, in a cocktail, or paired with your favourite spirit. Add in the reserved cherries, thyme and vanilla pods for extra flair (optional). Store cherry shrub in the fridge.
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