Unlike the vinegar and fruit macerations that share the name, shrubb in Martinique is a spiced orange liqueur. Both Clément and Rhum J.M now have a shrubb, which share similarities but can be used in quite different ways.
The base is a blend of white and aged rhum (J.M contains more aged, Clément more white) which is then combined with a blend of spices: nutmeg, cloves, orange zest, cinnamon and a little vanilla. The spices are individually macerated in white rhum to extract the flavour, and the resultant essences are blended into the base in different ratios – the exact difference is a secret, but in terms of flavour Clément tends to be a clearer orange, whereas J.M has more rounded spiciness. Cane sugar and bitters are the final additions, again in different amounts. Shrubb is the Christmas Punch of Martinique!
When it comes to ways in which to drink them, less is more (in terms of ingredients): both taste fantastic served chilled on their own as an aperitif or after dinner drink. Clément Créole Shrubb is perfect with tonic and a dash of grapefruit bitters, for a great long drink in summertime (or while hoping for the summer to come).
J.M lends itself perfectly to a Rhum Old Fashioned, with 60ml J.M V.S.O.P and 15ml Shrubb J.M stirred down for a late-night drink at any time of year.
Shrubb is an extremely versatile liqueur, which means it works exceptionally well with an array of other spirits. Try it in a Reverse Margarita with 35ml shrubb and 25ml tequila (opt for a blanco tequila with Clément, and a reposado with J.M) and lime juice to taste.