Shrubs and Shims Workshop
with Gillian Helquist
Saturday, May 23, 11:30AM-1:00PM
Grange at SHED, 25 North Street, Healdsburg
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: Sutton’s Cellars Brown Label Vermouth, Golden State Cider, and Jardesca, both from Sonoma County.
With the instruction of SHED’s fermentation crafter Gillian Helquist, you’ll mix and drink 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. Small nibbles will be provided.
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.