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Thanksgiving Leftover Idea: Cranberry Peppercorn & Sage Shrub Soda

Photo: Rachel Johnson

Don't toss those Thanksgiving leftovers! Get creative, and turn your cranberry sauce into a bubbly soda.

Don’t shrug off the best thing that has happened to your cocktail outside your drink of choice: vinegar. A shrub is a fruit-muddled vinegar that adds a sour and bitter punch to your cocktail, perfect for pairing with fresh and floral liquors like gin. Plus, leftover cranberry sauce doesn’t have to get tossed with the last of the turkey; the sweet-tart berries are perfect for a punchy shrub. Top with refreshing club soda for a spritzer or add your favorite liquor to get the party started.

Cranberry Sage Shrub

1 cup leftover Classic Cranberry Sauce
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons black peppercorns
4 fresh sage leaves
1 cup apple cider vinegar

1. In a small sauce pot, heat cranberry sauce and water until thick and jammy. Pour fruit into a clean, dry mason jar. Add peppercorns, sage leaves, and cider vinegar and stir well. Let sit in fridge for 24 hours.

2. Drain off solid fruit using a cheesecloth or fine mesh sieve and discard. Keep shrub in mason jar up to 1 month in the fridge.

MAKES 2 cups shrub

Cranberry Peppercorn & Sage Shrub Soda

Cranberry Sage Shrub (recipe above)
Club soda
1 small sage leaf, for garnish
1 ounce gin, if desired

Fill a lowball glass with crushed ice. Pour shrub over ice and top with club soda. Add gin if desired. Garnish with a sage leaf.

MAKES 1 drink (serving size: 1 ounce)