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The hallmark of a good cocktail is balance. Bringing together multiple ingredients and flavors to create something greater than the sum of its parts. Balancing sweetness, bitterness, acidity etc. to make something not just palatable but delicious. A handy ingredient for creating depth of flavor while retaining balance is shrubs. Shrubs are drinking vinegars which were originally used as a means of preserving delicate fruit flavors for consumption out of season before the existence of modern refrigeration. They’re fruity and sweet with an acidic bite that can be used to create light-weight refreshing spritzes or weighty spirit-driven tipples with dynamic acidity.