Celiac/Gluten FreeFebruary-March 2017

Gluten-Free Hibiscus-Cherry Shrub Syrup Recipe

Makes 3 cups of all-natural hibiscus-cherry syrup.

Gluten-Free Hibiscus-Cherry Shrub Syrup

Photography by Morgan Miller

Heart-healthy hibiscus mixed with antioxidant-rich cherries and star anise make a refreshing gluten-free beverage. Pour this gluten-free syrup over ice, drizzle it over your favorite ice cream or enjoy it by the spoonful.


1 cup apple cider vinegar
⅔ cup pure local honey
cup dried hibiscus flowers*
2 star anise pods*
cup pitted sweet cherries, fresh or frozen
2 tablespoons dried tart cherries


1. In a 2-quart wide-mouth mason jar (or a pitcher with a lid), mix apple cider vinegar and honey together, stirring until well combined.

2. Add hibiscus flowers, star anise, fresh or frozen cherries and dried cherries and stir to combine.

3. Seal the jar and place it in the back of your refrigerator 5 to 7 days. Beginning on day 5, taste the shrub. When you’re happy with the flavor, strain the shrub, pressing solids firmly to remove all liquid. Reserve cherries for salads or smoothies.

4. Store strained shrub in a clean jar in the refrigerator up to 2 months. The flavor will continue to mature as it sits in the refrigerator.

Each tablespoon contains 26 calories, 0g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 6g sugars, 0g protein, 4Est GL.

*TIP: Dried hibiscus flowers are available at Amazon.com and in the bulk section of many supermarkets. Star anise pods are available in the spice section of most grocery stores.

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