While visiting the coast of Oregon over winter break, we stopped in some shops in Eugene Oregon. While perusing cookbooks, dishtowels, and tote bags, there was a corner of barware. Amongst ice molds and jiggers there were a few bottles of bitters, and mixes.
I scanned the little bottles and what struck my eye were three bottles of shrubs by “Nostrum”. After contemplating the flavors, I settled on one with “blackberry” “cacao nib” and “sage” on the front label.
On the side of the bottle was a recipe for a Kentucky Bramble.
2 oz bourbon
3/4 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz of the Nostrum shrub
1/4 oz of simple syrup
2 dashes of angostura bitters
shake with ice and strain
I actually had these ingredients with me to make a few other drinks while on vacation and so it was very easy to make.
My measurements were a bit less than accurate, and I completed our drinks with two large cubes of ice, and topped with club soda.