Erik Chapman is the bar manager and head distiller at Seattle’s Sun Liquor. I had the opportunity to photograph Erik taking me through the steps of making shrubs. To put it simply, it’s a process of creating your own syrups by mixing vinegar with other natural ingredients (in this case, he used rhubarb, cinnamon, and lemons). This was my first time sampling shrubs, and I have to say I’m sold. Since it’s all natural, you don’t get the overly sweet taste of mass produced syrups.
You can sign up to take a cocktail class from Erik and he’ll show you how to make your own shrubs, bitters, and syrups.
Thanks to Erik and Andrea for being so easy to work with!