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Shrubs, Switchels and Oxymels are non-alcoholic drinks spiked with vinegar. Some were developed during prohibition to take the place of alcohol. Others had a more medicinal purpose. Nowadays, they are a big hit with barkeeps and their creative cocktails.

Shrub, derived from the Arabic word sharab, means drink, is a zingy mixture of fruit, sugar and vinegar.

Switchel, swizzle or haymakers punch, was commonly served to farm hands during the harvesting of hay, and even featured by Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie! Molasses, ginger and vinegar were the usual combinations for long lasting thirst quenching.

Oxymel – the oldest of the drinks found in Medieval Persia is a syrup of honey, vinegar and herbs and taken more as a medicinal tonic.

We will sample variations of each type then create our own concoction to take home.

Detailed instructions and recipes will be provided.

DATE: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
PLACE: Heritage Prairie Farm, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn, IL
COST: $25
BRING: Apron, paring knife and cutting board
TICKETS: Registration and information here

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