ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,


shrub, noun.  A fruit-based syrup used in mixed drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic); the usual ingredients are fruit, sugar, and vinegar.

Etymology:  The word itself is said to originate from the Arabic sharbah, 'a drink'.  'Sherbet' and 'syrup' share similar word origins.

The concept has been around for at least 500 years, and has gained and lost popularity multiple times.  Currently, it is again trendy; a search on "shrub syrup" will turn up plenty of recipes and drink suggestions.
Tags: arabic, noun, s, theme: food, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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