The New England tradition of sipping vinegar-based tonics to promote health is back in fashion! Try your hand at making your own seasonal shrub — a tart and fruity, drinkable syrup — and blend it into a warming cocktail.
To make simple syrup: Stir a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water in a small saucepan (i.e., 1 cup sugar to 1 cup water), and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the mixture is clear; do not stir.
Similar to a pestle, a muddler is a long stick used to mash fruits, herbs and spices in the bottom of a cocktail shaker or glass.