A glass of bright red liquid with ice and a slice of orange on a white stone coaster

Hibiscus, pomegranate and rose shrub

  • Makes 500ml
  • Easy

Experiment with hibiscus powder to make this delightful summery shrub – think of it as a sweetly acidic, grown-up cordial

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Mix up this refreshing hibiscus and pomegranate shrub, then check out our rhubarb cordial, blackcurrant cordial and more homemade shrubs.

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Ingredients

  • Waitrose & Partners Cooks’ Ingredients dried hibiscus 3 tbsp
  • granulated sugar 200g
  • fresh pomegranate juice 75ml
  • oranges 2, zested, 1 juiced
  • green cardamom pods 10, seeds removed and bashed
  • apple cider vinegar 130-150ml (depending on how sharp you like it)
  • rose water 1 tsp
  • sparkling water to serve
  • orange slices and pomegranate seeds to garnish

Method

  • Step 1

    Put the dried hibiscus, sugar, pomegranate juice, orange zest and juice, cardamom seeds and ¼ tsp of fine sea salt in a pan. Gently bring to the boil, whisking slowly to ensure all the sugar has dissolved.

  • Step 2

    Reduce the heat and let the syrup simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until it has reduced by half and is starting to thicken. Remove from the heat and add the cider vinegar and rose water. Whisk well, scraping down any of the sugary syrup that is coating the sides of the pan.

  • Step 3

    Cover and steep for 4-5 hours (or ideally overnight) until the syrup is room temperature and has thickened. Strain into a jug through a fine mesh sieve, pressing the pulp into the sieve with a spoon to extract as much syrup as possible.

  • Step 4

    For a refreshing summer cooler, mix one part of hibiscus shrub syrup with three parts of sparkling water, add lots of ice and garnish with orange slices and pomegranate seeds.

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