Juniper Shrub and Tonic mocktail

If you love the herbaceous, piney flavor of a premium gin but want to avoid the alcohol, give this “virgin” version a try. Spiker’s Juniper Bay Shrub is made from many of the same ingredients used in gin — including grains of paradise, cubeb pepper, bay leaf, and citrus peel — so you will be able to enjoy the fragrance and taste of gin in each sip, with one important difference: No gin, no sin!

Be sure to use only premium tonic water in this recipe. Standard brands are too sweet and flavorless.

Sour Cherry Shrub Moppin’ Sauce for Smoked Pork

There are so many recipes for mopping sauce (or “mop” sauce) for ribs and smoked meats. Some are super-thin and tart, others are thicker and more clingy. This recipe splits the difference, with plenty of bite and enough cling to keep the meat moist during a slow, low smoking.

If you don’t have Sour Cherry Plum shrub on hand, try using Roasted Cinnamon Apple or even Ginger Bite. Or get creative and try equal parts Juniper Bay and Black Currant.

 

Warm Apple Shrub Vinaigrette

We love this recipe because it works on salads, chilled or room temperature vegetables and/or grains (farro, barley, etc), and even roasted vegetables (try it on sweet potatoes!).

Our favorite way to use this dressing is with mixed greens, diced tart apples, thinly sliced raw fennel, crumbled chevre, and toasted pecans.

Vodka Chihuahua

Grapefruit and vodka combine to make a cocktail known as the Greyhound. But with the addition of Spiker’s Chile Lime Shrub, you get a drink we call The Chihuahua. It’s fiery, tangy, and filled with Mexican energy and a bit of bite.

Fish Tacos with Chile Lime Hummus Slaw

Looking for a new way to dress up a classic fish taco? Try this zippy slaw which marries Spiker’s Chile Lime shrub with a creamy hummus-mayo dressing. The colors are bright and beautiful, the textures are creamy and crunchy. The perfect combination!

Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham)

Spiker’s Chile Lime shrub adds depth and zing to this classic dipping sauce which goes great with spring rolls, grilled shrimp, on a salad, or over cold noodles! For subtle variations, include a splash of Spiker’s Ginger Bite or Pineapple Basil shrub to the mix.

Shrubby Shrimp on the Bar-B

A spicy, rich marinade of coconut milk, Ginger Bite shrub, Asian fish sauce and fresh herbs creates a tasty batch for fresh shrimp. Great as an appetizer or entree. Serve with jasmine rice and steamed or stir-fried broccoli. (Note: This recipe was inspired by a recipe from The New York Times, but we modified some of the steps to streamline the process and incorporate more shrub flavor into the shrimp.)