Ontario Craft Cider Association (OCCA)

Industry Body of Craft Cider Producers in Ontario

Iced Cider & Orange Normandier

Making shrub might sound complicated, but it’s well worth the effort!

As a bonus? It can last a season when properly stored!


  • 2oz Ontario Iced Cider
  • 0.75oz Spiced Apple Shrub*
  • 0.5oz Organic Apple Cider
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 pieces of orange zest (oil & garnish)
  • apple slice (for garnish)


  • Chill a small coupe glass.
  • In a mixing glass, combine iced cider, shrub, cider and Angostura bitters. Add ice and stir.
  • Strain into coupe.
  • Zest orange over the surface of the cocktail and discard. Prop the apple slice on the rim with an orange peel garnish.
  • Enjoy!

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 1

*To make your own spiced apple shrub, follow the recipe below!

Spiced Apple Shrub


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (2″)
  • 6 whole allspice berries
  • 8 cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 finger of Ontario ginger (2″x1″x0.5″), sliced
  • 2/3 cup Ontario apple cider vinegar, (unpasteurized and unfiltered is best)
  • 1 c white sugar
  • 2 oz Ontario vodka (a great reason to check out a local Distillery!)


  1. Add cinnamon, allspice, clove, star anise and ginger to water in a small pot.
  2. Cover, bring to a boil and gently simmer for 30min. Allow to cool.
  3. Fine strain into a 1L mason jar (the solution should yield 1 1/3 cup).
  4. Add apple cider vinegar and sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture takes on a glossy look.
  5. Return half of the spices and ginger to the mason jar and allow to rest in the fridge for one day.
  6. Fine strain again and allow the shrub to rest in the fridge for one more day.
  7. Add vodka to preserve your spiced apple shrub.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: 45 minute(s)

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This entry was posted on May 30, 2013 by in Cocktails, Pairings & Recipes and tagged , , .