Who knew the rustic vinegar elixirs of colonial times, called shrubs, would become a trendy healthy drink in this century? I tasted this absolutely delicious mixture made by Rebecca Bouchier, owner of Olive on Tap, an oil and vinegar shop in Minnetonka. She added it to sparkling soda to make a marvelous drink for a party.
The very next day at the Linden Hills Farmers Market, I met Phil “the Shrubber” Calvit selling his local Calvit’s Drinking Shrubs. I love the bottled beet, ginger, and Szechuan peppercorn combination. Just mix one ounce of the shrub with a glass of sparkling soda or tonic and ice for a super refreshing drink. Add an ounce of local vodka or gin for a kick once in a while.
After I found my favorite new summer drink, I wanted to pair it with some delicious summer food. I was excited to learn that Minneapolis’ 70-year-old Market BarBQue launched a food truck, offering its famous pulled pork, brisket, and ribs. You can often find it parked outside the Fulton Brewery, but the full schedule is on their website.
Sue Zelickson is the founder and director of Women Who Really Cook and Perspectives Family Center’s Kid Cafe. She is also co-founder of the Charlie Awards and former host of WCCO Radio’s Food for Thought.
Illustration by James Kloiber