New Limited Edition Seasonal Shrub: Magnolia & Pear
We started this shrub with whole crispy green pears to create a subtly sweet almost creamy foundation to lay magnolia on. We didn’t want anything bold or overpowering. This is an extremely precious and rare shrub, one that gets us excited just thinking about it. The base had to be humble and supportive. We’ve not used pear in a limited edition shrub before and timeliness of their seasonality made it a perfect match. A true ode to winter.
So what does magnolia taste like? We imagine that she would taste like she smells. Not so! The smell of magnolia doesn’t translate when eating or infusing the petals. Magnolia is sometimes used as a substitute for ginger. After an initial sweet almost mushroom earthiness (we mean this in the best way possible), the warmth and slight spice builds on the palette. She’s gentle but strong. She doesn’t shout at you but speaks in a firm voice when telling you what she knows to be true.
Our usual shrub ratio of 35 ml to 200 ml sparkling water will make the most delightful sweet, fragrant and slightly spicy shrub soda. We also like this one a little stronger to get the full magic of its flower power.
We make seasonal shrubs simply because we love local, seasonal fruit. Traditionally shrubs were used as a way of preserving fruit at the height of the harvest. Seasonal shrubs are a way for us to keep this tradition alive.
Ingredients: Wild harvested magnificent magnolia flowers of multiple varieties picked on an exquisite spring day by Genna, fresh cold pressed crispy green pears, raw organic apple cider vinegar, local raw sugar, just enough organic galangal and organic ginger to support magnolia's natural spiciness.
Ginger for its heat and galangal for its fragrance.
Wild and True.