sparkling raspberry basil shrub cocktail

This sparkling shrub cocktail is made with a sweet-tart raspberry syrup that is balanced with bubbles and fragrant basil. There’s a touch of white balsamic for complexity and freshness.

  • Author: Indi Hampton
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American


raspberry basil shrub

  • 6 oz (about 1 1/4 cups) fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • white balsamic vinegar (about 1/4 cup)

shrub cocktail

  • raspberry basil shrub (see above)
  • sparkling wine, chilled


raspberry basil shrub

  1. Place the raspberries and basil in a glass pint jar and cover them with sugar. Shake the jar vigorously to break up the berries (you may need to stir it a few times with a spoon to help it out), then store in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Shake the jar again to help dissolve the sugar, then strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer, pressing on the solids to extract as much syrup as you can. Discard the solids.
  3. Transfer the syrup to a glass measuring jar and note the volume. Add ⅓ of that volume of white balsamic vinegar and stir to combine (for example, if you have 3/4 cup of raspberry syrup, add 1/4 cup of vinegar). Shrub will last several months in the refrigerator.

shrub cocktail

  1. Pour 1 oz of shrub in the bottom of a champagne flute. Top with 4 oz sparkling wine, garnish with fresh raspberries and a basil leaf. Enjoy!


makes about 1 cup of shrub (enough for 8 cocktails)

Keywords: shrub cocktail