“Shrubs” have been around since colonial times but attention to local and seasonal fruits has revived their popularity. They begin with a gently cooked syrup of seasonal fruit, sugar and vinegar that’s mixed with club soda or used in a cocktail. Properly blended, it has a flavor that is both tart and sweet to quench a summer thirst and stimulate the appetite.
While you can make this recipe with steamed corn, grilling the ears adds a rich, smoky flavor. Here’s a method for grilling corn.
Chefs who use fresh, local, seasonal ingredients on their menu will admit that they are not hard to work with because the flavor is at its best when it arrives in their kitchens. Dress them up with this lemon ginger simple syrup for a special touch.
Apples from Rittman Orchards and all across Ohio begin coming on from mid-summer through late fall presenting many opportunities to make this salad. Be sure to mix the flavors, textures and colors of the apples to balance the look and taste.