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Holy Basil Apple Shrub

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Tulsi, also known as “Holy Basil”, is one of my favorite summer herbs. It is highly regarded in Ayurveda for it’s ability to calm nerves, balance, and uplift one’s spirit. My dear friend Cecilia has been growing tons of tulsi in this California heat and I’ve been one happy benefactor! Tulsi flourishes in intense heat (dry or humid) and you can buy seeds for this sacred plant here at Horizon Herbs.


With an abundance of Tulsi in my kitchen I have been making calming teas, herbal pesto, herbal vinegar, and most recently a shrub! Shrubs are an old fashioned way of preserving apples, berries, and other fruits. Often fruit shrubs are preserved in apple cider vinegar with herbs and spices of the season. They are refreshing to drink on a warm summer evening with sparkling mineral water, bitters, and a touch of whiskey! 

Holy Basil Apple Shrub with Avena Botanical's Bitters.

Holy Basil Apple Shrub with Avena Botanical’s Bitters.


3 apples

1 small handful of fresh holy basil (or a nervine that grows locally like chamomile or milky oat tops)

1 cup of apple cider vinegar

2/3 cup of cane sugar



Grater for apples

Quart sized Mason jar



Grate apples and place into Mason jar. Chop your herb finely and place into Mason jar with sugar. Pour over your apple cider vinegar and make sure the ingredients are completely covered. Shake daily for 3-5 days and store in a cool dark place, then strain and store the mixture in the refrigerator.

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  1. You changed your look!?! I loved you guyses old banner, but change is good right. This recipe looks awesome, I can’t wait to get some time in the kitchen and try out some of your tips.

    • Summer Ashley
      Sarah Kate says

      Awe! So glad you are inspired to try it! We loved that banner too, but are transiting to an updated & fresh look! We are working on a new banner now, so keep an eye out!

  2. Cecilia says

    Found a wee bit more Holy Basil in the garden. Just strained out my Shrub and, oh my, what a delightful surprise! I think I shall make another batch before the Tulsi fades into Autumn.
    P.S. I miss you like crazy, Summer 😉

    • Summer Ashley
      Summer Ashley says

      I am so glad you liked the post, and made one too! It was all possible because of you! I miss you too Cecilia- can’t wait to see you soon <3

  3. stephanie ryan says

    Hi ladies! I just wanted to tell you I love your website. I write all your recipes down in a book. I just made the apple shrub! I have a question. If i wanna make other kinds of shrubs, do I have to cook them? On other websites it says to cook them, and I would rather not. I wanna make a pineapple-rosemary one. What are your thoughts on this?

    • Summer Ashley
      Summer Ashley says

      Stephanie, I loved hearing this. Thank you! I think that sounds amazing. Please let us know you results, and your recipe. I usually drink them in fizzy water, and if I am having folks over it is a real treat in a cocktail with fizzy water and some bitters.

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