For me, summertime is all about the evening drinks on the patio, and this peach shrub is a perfect example of a summer drink. A shrub is a simple fruit based syrup that can be made with just about any fruit and spice combinations, mixed with vinegar, and topped with sparkling water. This version is made with cinnamon, cardamom, and peaches for a refreshing summer drink.

For some more warm-weather drinks, try my mango pineapple smoothie, 3 ingredient strawberry juice, and minty watermelon limeade.

Three glasses of a peach drink topped with ice.
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Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Peaches: use nectarines if that's what you have.
  • Sugar: I recommend cane sugar or plain sugar. Coconut, date, and maple are all a little too dark for this recipe. If preferred, you can use a half cup honey instead.
  • Apple cider vinegar: I don't recommend subbing another vinegar for peach shrub, go for ACV.

Top Tips

  • Keep the fruit: use the cooked peaches to top oatmeal or ice cream, or to have as a simple dessert on its own.
  • Add some gin: to make a cocktail, add a splash of gin to your drink along with the sparkling water.
  • Add some ginger: if you want an even spicier shrub, add a couple slices of fresh ginger into the peach mixture and cook it with the other spices.
Peaches cooked with cinnamon in a small saucepan.

How to Store

Keep the shrub in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week. Top with sparkling water whenever you want to mix up a drink.

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Three glasses of a peach drink topped with ice.
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Cardamom Peach Shrub

Try this refreshing, summery spiced peach shrub made with fresh peaches, cardamom, cinnamon, and topped off with sparkling water.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings: 16
Author: Sophie


  • Small pot
  • Sieve
  • Storage jar


  • 1 pound Peaches, Chopped about 4, or 450 grams
  • ¾ Cup cane sugar
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 5 Cardamom Pods
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Soda water to serve


  • Combine the peaches, water, sugar and spices in a small pot and bring to a simmer. Cook over low heat until the fruit is tender and soft, about 15 minutes.
    1 pound Peaches, Chopped, ¾ Cup cane sugar, 1 Cup Water, 5 Cardamom Pods, 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • Strain the mixture (keep the fruit for ice cream or oatmeal, it's not needed anymore). Combine the fruit syrup with the apple cider vinegar, and chill.
    1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • When it's time to make a drink add a splash of syrup to a cup (less or more depending on taste) and top with soda water. Add some gin for something a little special if you're in the mood. The syrup should last in the fridge at least a week.
    Soda water to serve


Serving: 1g | Calories: 61kcal

One Comment

  1. Thank you so much for linking to the self-care series, Sophie 🙂 So happy to hear you've been enjoying it. We've got another great one coming up tomorrow. This drink sounds so good! Your photos are always incredibly beautiful.

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