|Tasting shrubs with soda water. | Patrick J. Hurley|
The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.
We're starting to see more and more cocktails around town that feature a curious ingredient: a shrub. At their most basic, shrubs are made from fruit, sugar and vinegar. They're not new -- Jerry Thomas' 1862 How to Mix Drinks or the Bon-Vivant's Companion includes recipes for four different varieties. But what exactly is a shrub, and why is it in your cocktail? The Drunken Vegan asked Jeffrey Moll Jr., head barman at the Good Pie (6665 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-899-9221).
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