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Shrubs and Shims Workshop

In the world of cocktails, everything old is new again.  In this hands-on class, learn how to craft the classic farmer’s tonic, the shrub, and the retro low-alcohol cocktail made with it, the shim.

The SHED shrub, the colorful elixir that’s always available at our Fermentation Bar, is a seasonally-based drinking vinegar made from freshly muddled fruit juice and aromatics sourced from local farms. It becomes a shim when mixed with various low alcohol aperitifs and bitters to create “leveling” cocktails that enliven the palate and awaken the appetite but don’t bludgeon the brain. SHED’s shims feature locally sourced low-alcohol bases.

With the instruction of SHED’s fermentation crafter Gillian Helquist, you’ll sample a variety of shrubs and shims and explore the flavor components in each one, introducing you to a world of creative cocktails that you can make at home.


HomeFarm Muscat with Elderflower and Prosecco
Paired with: Smoked Trout with Creme Fraîche, Pickled Beet, and Celtuce

The Windfall – Golden State Cider with Ginger and Turmeric Shrub
Paired with: Radishes with Honey Butter


The Pommes d’Or – Quince Shrub with Jardesca
Paired with: Shot of Smoked Bonito Broth


The Noyo – Sutton Cellar Brown Label Vermouth, Orgeat, Lemon, and Summer Savory
Paired with: Baked Oyster with Summer Savory and Parmesan


The Duke’s Son – Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth and Orange Bitter
Paired with: Smoked Pork Rib with Blackberry Vinegar

Each workshop participant will receive 10% off SHED’s retail store the day of the event, perfect for stocking up on bar tools, produce, and books.



May 23, 2015
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Grange at SHED
25 North St, Healdsburg, CA, United States

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