Old North Shrub

Old North Shrub is a traditional vinegar-based beverage made with ingredients grown and foraged by Jamie Swofford in the foothills of North Carolina. Old North Shrub taps into century-old techniques to highlight North Carolina ingredients for a contemporary drink that is a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage, an unexpected cocktail mixer, and a flavor-enhancing addition to the pantry.

Pair Old North Shrub to taste with your favorite bubbly beverage, or mix with the spirit of your choice for a keen cocktail.

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At its most basic, shrub is a beverage made of fruit, vinegar, and sugar. According to Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste, “Shrub is a colonial-day drink whose name is derived from the Arabic word sharab, to drink. It is a concentrated syrup…that is traditionally mixed with water to create a refreshing drink that is simultaneously tart and sweet. In the nineteenth-century, the drink was often spiked with brandy or rum.” 

Old North Shrub was a happy accident. Jamie Swofford provides boutique produce for chefs in the Piedmont, and fresh and foraged ingredients to breweries. On a delivery run, one of Swofford’s regular customers, Free Range Brewing (Charlotte), invited him to craft a non-alcoholic beverage “that was not kombucha” for their bar taps. Swofford settled on shrub, a colonial-era drinking vinegar, made with ingredients grown, foraged, and sourced from his agricultural radius in western North Carolina. 

The shrub was first sold on tap in 2015, but soon gained popularity. A demand for a bottled beverage followed. In 2016, Old North Shrub began selling its drinking vinegars by the bottle.