Comeback: Cherry Balsamic Shrub

Comeback: Cherry Balsamic Shrub

"There's a man outside selling coke," says C as she saddles up to me and pulls a long sip from my drink. She doesn't need to ask and she knows that and I know that but, dear lord, I do find lipstick on a glass super ick. Plus, it's pink. Very pink. (Aesthetics!)

"Do people still do coke? How retro. Next thing they'll do is campaign for Reagan and buy a Culture Club record," I reply.

I only tried the stuff once and found it awful. Nothing happened, though I think that's because I didn't do enough of it or I didn't do it right. Regardless, all I had to show for it was a 20 minute case of the drip and a terrible taste in my mouth that neither coffee nor red punch Gatorade could get rid of. All and all, not for me.

Yet, people ten and twenty years older than me seem to have nothing but riveting stories of wild parties matched by equally wild hair and sex that left footprints on the walls. These people who snorted up enough white powder to fill a flour bag are today the same ones who warn their children about the risks of ecstasy and crystal meth. The irony is utterly lost because when you ask them about it you'll likely hear about how coke is a "safe drug." This isn't judgment about use, so much as that every generation feels their decade's drug was acceptable since, otherwise, how would you justify so much of your 20s?

"Apparently, it's making a comeback," C muses. I imagine she's tempted. She's 48 and I know coke featured prominently at a college party or five. Ah, to relive youth.

"Meh. You could argue that about denim jackets, but you won't catch me dead in one. Plus, rum's cheaper," I say.

"Cheers to that."

And we do.


Cherry Balsamic Shrub

Easy, sweet, sour. Didn't you hear? Shrubs are making a comeback, too. This one is a jank-shrub as I'm cheating using jam and not making a proper shrub syrup, but it tastes good and works, purists be damned.

What You'll Need:

  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of cherry jam
  • 1 bar spoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 3 ounces club soda

What You'll Do:

Place the cherry jam, rum, and balsamic vinegar in a small glass and stir together. Add ice and top with club soda. I usually add more vinegar to fuel my generally sour disposition, but feel free to add more jam if that's your jam.

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