Like all good Texas boys, we grew up eating Rio Star grapefruits. Brilliantly red and very sweet, The Rio Star is a variety unique to South Texas. We wanted to highlight our home state’s iconic citrus by creating a Texas Grapefruit Shrub.
Shrubs are antiquated methods of fruit preservation that offer lively combinations of intense fruit essence and tart acidity. In drinks they work much like citrus by providing a tart and slightly sweet component. For our shrubs, we use a cold-press technique to maintain the bright, zesty flavors that are damaged by heat-based extractions.
For this product, we combine Rio Star grapefruits, champagne vinegar, cane sugar and a hint of allspice. The shrub is sweet and tart, with the zesty grapefruit flavor backed by the subtle allspice note.
- Texas grapefruit juice
- Champagne vinegar
- Cane sugar
- Gum arabic
- Benzoic acid