Booze Banter

Booze Review – A Trio of Quaker City Shrubs

You know how salt is used to enhance and balance flavors when baking desserts? Well, it looks like Quaker City Mercantile (QCM), the fine Philly folks that had a big hand in the creation of Sailor Jerry Rum and Hendrick’s Gin, have discovered that a little Apple Cider Vinegar added to hard seltzer can do the same thing in a series of sessionable adult beverages called Quaker City Shrubs.

Launched in late June of 2018, Quaker City Shrubs comes in three flavors: Apple, Blackberry, and Grapefruit. We reviewed all three in this week’s episode of A Tasting at The Murder Table.

Before we get to our YouTube review, here’s what Quaker City Mercantile has to say about these beverages:

QCM teamed up with global spirits giant Diageo to solve the conundrum of why sessionable, low calorie PABs (progressive adult beverages) tend to taste bad: too sweet and too artificial. Most use fermented dextrose and other fake sugars, with chemical flavorings. QCM looked to the past, and found a simple solution in a classic Colonial American recipe, the shrub.

Traditionally, a shrub was used as a way to preserve fruit by combining it with sugar and vinegar. QC Shrub uses a splash of apple cider vinegar to enhance natural fruit flavors, which gives the drink tart, tangy notes and a dry finish, and eliminates the need for extra sugar or booze to make it palatable. That means QC Shrubs come in at only 90 calories and 4.0% ABV, perfect for mindful adults looking for something sessionable.

Low calorie, low alcohol, low sugar, and super sessionable? It sure sounds like QCM and Diageo may have stumbled upon the recipe for the perfect summer refresher. But did they really? The only way to find out what we thought about these beverages is to click the play button below…

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Many thanks to Punch Media for sending us these very generous samples!

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