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Quick Cranberry and Grapefruit Shrub Drink

Quick Cranberry and Grapefruit Shrub Drink

Shrub drinks are very healthy and tasty and the perfect way to give yourself an energy boost during the day. This shrub drink uses fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and store bought cranberry juice. If you end up with extra grapefruit after making this, you can use it as breakfast for a great way to start the morning.

Shrubs️️️ are of one of my favorite drinks over the last few years, and in fact I didn’t even know it had a name until recently. This quick grapefruit and cranberry shrub is a fast version and way to make a shrub.

What is a shrub drink?

This quick shrub is a mix of vinegar, sparkling water/soda and juice/ fruit and it just makes you feel alive after drinking it️. Traditionally, shrubs are made with a drinking vinegar which is infused with a fruit and made into a syrup.  That fruit is left to sit for a long time and flavor the vinegar.

This shrub drink is a quick way to use what is in your house without making the syrup and it tastes just as wonderful, trust me! You can use this drink as a sort of mocktail ( cocktail without liquor). I will often order drinks like this at restaurants instead of having a cocktail and they call it a mocktail. Whatever you call it, it will taste great, I promise!

If you are looking for a healthy pick me up during this very cold winter this is it!  This shrub drink has apple cider vinegar (because it has health benefits, this is the only one I use), a little cranberry juice, fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice and la croix sparkling water (any sparkling water will do). 

If you want to use other ingredients for your shrub go ahead!  Just think about the quick shrub as part fruit juice (try to find all natural) part vinegar and part sparkling water.  You can add multiple juices like I did or just one.

I like to mix it up with a little fruit juice that is store bought and fresh squeezed. The fresher your juice, the more nutrients in it. 

I like to add a sprig of rosemary in my shrubs because when you sip on your drink you get the most amazing scent from it that brightens your mood. Stay warm and healthy!

Quick Grapefruit and Cranberry Shrub

A quick take on a traditional shrub drink
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 8 ounce glass


  • 1 1/2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar I prefer Braggs brand
  • crushed ice or ice
  • 1/4 cup of fresh squeezed Grapefruit juice you don’t need a juicer just squeeze it into your glass
  • 1/4 cup of cranberry juice
  • sparkling water or seltzer to fill the glass after adding other ingredients


  • Add all of your ingredients except the sparkling water to a tall 8-10 ounce glass.
  • Mix well.
  • Now add your sparkling water to your mixture until it reaches almost to the top of your glass.
  • Mix well and enjoy!

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