I’ve been waiting a year for this moment. Full circle from 2013 when I first started playing around with shrubbing, I knew that tomatoes would have to play a major role in our menu of shrubbed fruit.
Today, I began a test batch of harvest tomato shrub with thyme. I used a mix of beefsteak, heritage, and cherry varieties with a random mix of acidity and sweetness. It was a treat to watch the tomatoes respond to the simple treatment of sugar maceration. Within 60 minutes, the fruit began to float in the jar, suspended above a bath of juicy goodness.
What can you do with tomato shrub, you ask? Practically everything. Add it to a martini, cosmo, Manhattan, Bloody Mary. Swirl it in with hibiscus tea for a deliciously rich mocktail. Add it to salads, stir fries, stocks and sauces. In other words, embrace it as your go-to pantry staple when you want to capture summer at its peak. September and beyond, Spiker’s Tomato Thyme Shrub will be there for you.
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