Drinking vinegars (also known as shrubs) are essentially a mix of vinegar, sugar, and fruit, and are primarily used as a mixer for cocktails or non-alcoholic sodas. Drinking vinegars were once very popular in colonial America, as well as other parts of the world from Asia to the Middle East. They are tangy and refreshing, and will provide a unique kick to a variety of your favorite drinks.

Detroit based McClary Brothers is bringing this underused product out of the shadows with their line of premium drinking vinegars. They infuse their products with fresh fruits, herbs, and veggies sourced primarily from local farmers. Not only is their product tasty and unique, they are on a mission to make a difference in their community. McClary Brothers has partnered with a Detroit food rescue, where they manufacturer their product, and helps them to serve more meals, provide jobs for locals in need, and supply more resources to the region.

The McClary Brothers product line is always evolving. Current flavors include Detroit Thai Basil, Lemon and Ginger, Michigan Basil, Michigan Beet and Carrot, Michigan Cranberry, and Pineapple and Fennel.

You can use drinking vinegars to spice up your favorite drinks, but they also open up a world of possibilities for new flavor creations. Experiment with your own combinations and create a signature drink. And don’t stop there, drinking vinegars are delicious in salad dressings, marinades and sauces. What can you come up with?

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