Honey Shrubs: What They Are, How to Drink and Cook With Them, and the Health Benefits

Honey Shrub

If you are looking for a unique, refreshing, and healthy way to enjoy a drink, we’d like to introduce you to Built by Bees honey shrubs.


What are honey shrubs, you ask? They are simply a spinoff of traditional shrubs – a mixture of honey and vinegar, typically with fruit added. This concoction has been used for centuries as a refreshing drink mixer – for cocktails and mocktails alike.


Honey shrubs are now making a splash thanks to their many health benefits. In this blog post, we will discuss what honey shrubs are, how to drink and cook with them, and the health benefits they offer. We will also provide some recipes for you to try!


What Are Shrub Tonics?


Shrub tonics are a type of drink that originated in the colonial era. They are made by mixing sweeteners, fruit, and spices with vinegar and water. The resulting drink is tart and sweet, and it was traditionally used as a summertime refreshment. Today, shrub tonics are growing in popularity as bartenders experiment with new flavor combinations for everything from trendy mocktails to classic cocktail recipes.


History of Shrubs


These shrubs have a long history as a refreshing, healthy tonic. The earliest recorded use of said shrubs dates back to the ancient Egyptians, who used them to treat a variety of ailments in the centuries since shrubs have been touted as a cure-all for everything from colds to indigestion. While there is no scientific evidence to support these past claims, shrubs remain popular among those who believe in their healing powers.


Made by infusing fruit in vinegar, these shrub tonics are typically sweetened with sugar and balanced with water. Some recipes also call for spices like cloves or cinnamon. Today, you can find shrubs in many different flavor combinations, making it easy to find one that suits your taste. Whether you’re looking for a natural way to boost your health or simply want to enjoy a delicious drink, shrubs bring unique and delicious tastes worth trying.


Why Choose Built By Bees Honey Shrub Mixers?


Built By Bees is one of the few brands that use honey as a key ingredient for the sweetening portion of a shrub. You get all the perks of a traditional shrub tonic for mixed drinks without any of the low-cost sugar additives. With our products, you can rest easy knowing that the sweetener comes from high-quality honey and fruits!


Curious about our product lineup? Check out our fine selection of honey shrub tonics here. 


Health Benefits of Honey Shrubs


So, what are the health benefits of honey shrubs? For one, they are a great source of naturally occurring antioxidants. Antioxidants may protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause cell damage and lead to disease. Honey shrubs are also known for their wellness-promoting benefits alongside an abundance of nutrition. In the end, one thing is for sure: honey shrubs are good for you! So next time you’re looking for a healthy, refreshing addition to your drink –  reach for a honey shrub instead of a soda. Your body will thank you for it.


How Can You Use Honey Shrubs?


Curious about testing honey shrub tonics yourself? Well, here are a few ways to do that! Get ready to hit the kitchen with all new styles.


Razzle Dazzle Raspberry


Bee Razzled Honey Shrub
Bee Razzled Honey Shrub


Do you love a good, tart taste for your cocktails (or mocktails)? Is zesty up your alley? Then you are going to love this raspberry-infused honey shrub recipe! Steady your best pucker face!


For this recipe, you’ll need 2 ounces of raspberry honey shrub, 1 ounce of orange-flavored liquor, 4 ounces of vodka, and 4 ounces of club soda. Once you have all your ingredients together, you’ll simply add them into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake and pour into your glass of choice!


Recipe Source: https://whatshouldimakefor.com/raspberry-shrub-cocktail/


Honey Shrub Soda Recipe


Aguas Frescas more your speed? Allow us to share with you a tasty, simple recipe that will have you feeling refreshed in no time. Made with only a few natural ingredients, this soda recipe is sure to replace your favorite soft drink all year round.


To make a healthier soft soda, you’ll need to gather an 8-ounce glass filled with ice. From here, you’ll add ½ ounce of Built By Bees Bee Lemonator Honey Shrub. Then, fill the rest of the cup with sparkling water.


Pro tip: Want to add even more flavor to your soda? Try different sparkling water flavors out to get something original and fruity!


Honey Shrub Lemonade


Honey Shrub Lemonade
Honey Shrub Lemonade


What if we told you that you could have a delicious lemonade that’s actually healthier and better than something you buy in a can or grab at the local store? It’s true! Using some of our very own Lemonator Honey Shrub, you can make one tasty, healthier lemonade. Hello, summertime drink all year long.


To make this thrilling lemonade, you’ll want to gather some of our Bee Lemonator Honey Shrub. Place ½ ounce into a 16-ounce cup filled with ice (cold lemonade is the best!). Add a squeeze of ½ a lemon to the mix. Cover with sparkling lemon water. Enjoy!


Fall For Honey Shrub Cocktail Recipe


Honey shrub for cocktails
Honey shrub for cocktails


Fall is around the bend! When days get shorter, it’s key to have some cozy recipes on hand to make the most of the time. Luckily, we have a tasty fall honey shrub cocktail that will have your seasonal taste buds dancing, guaranteed.


To make this orchard-hopping-worthy cocktail, you’ll want to add 1 ounce of Built By Bees Apple Cinnamon Honey Shrub into a blender. Then, continue to add the following ingredients into the blender with it: ½ ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice, 1 ¾ ounces of tequila, and 2 ounces of water. Blend all the ingredients together. Pour into a cocktail glass of your choice and enjoy!


Pro Tip: Add a sugar rim with some of our quality honey and sprinkle with cinnamon!


Twisting Tradition with Aguas Frescas


Fan of the watermelon Frescas? Strawberry? Then you’re going to love this twist on those traditional sweet, refreshing drinks! Made with real, fresh fruit and styled after a traditional Aguas Frescas, these honey shrub-infused drinks are a true delight, especially when the temperatures are soaring.


In order to make this drink properly, you’ll first need to learn how to make the base for it, which consists of fruit, among other things. Check out this recipe from the New York Times to get that rolling. 


Once you have your ingredients and understanding of your recipe all set, you should be prepared to mix in 1 ounce of your favorite Built By Bees Honey Shrub into the blender.

Blend and serve!


Just Peachy Honey Shrub Cocktail


Sweet Peach Honey Shrub
Sweet Peach Honey Shrub


We’ll cap this off with one last delicious cocktail – because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love having something that’s both good for you and a little fun to drink! This one is for all of our peach lovers out there. No matter what time of year it is, this is sure to transport you to peach fields filled with ripe stone fruit and sunshine.


To make this adult cocktail, here’s what you’ll need to do. First, fill your cocktail glass halfway with glass (keep it cold!). Then, inside a cocktail shaker, add 1 ounce of Built By Bees Peach Honey Shrub, 1 ¾ ounces of tequila, 4 ounces of soda water, and a few slices of fresh peaches. Shake and pour into a cocktail glass. Enjoy!


Final Thoughts


Honey shrubs are a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of ways. So what are you waiting for? Give them a try today! Your taste buds will thank you. Built Be Bees honey shrubs have many health benefits and can be used in your favorite mocktail or cocktail recipes all season long. Plus, shrubs have been around for centuries and are still being used today because of their versatility and potential well-being benefits. These honey shrub recipes are easy to make at home with just some of our very own honey shrub tonics – so give it a try today! You won’t be disappointed.


P.S: Do you have a favorite honey shrub recipe? Share it with us in the comments below!

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