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False Ox Botanical Shrubs are concentrated syrups made from fruit, vinegar, sugar, herbs, and spices. 

As long as humans have been making alcohol they have been making vinegar. Alcohol exposed to the air naturally turns into vinegar. The Babylonians, in 5000 BC, were using date palm fruit to make both wine and vinegar. In Egypt, urns from 3000 BC also contained vinegar and there are written accounts of vinegar from China around 1200 BC. 

Using Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to preserve seasonal fruits, berries, herbs and vegetables, many households made delicious shrubs from that vinegar, mixed with water, and often alcohol to create seasonal, local, organic drinks.

False Ox Botanical Shrubs taste delicious and fresh, using this age old technique to create modern drinks with the health benefits of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.

Our shrubs are made to be both tart and sweet to create a balanced and refreshing drink. Mixed with mineral water to make a fantastically thirst quenching beverage, or mixed with our favourite spirits to create amazing and innovative cocktails. 

 

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Switchel is a natural hydrating drink made from Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Ginger, and Organic Cane Sugar.

The version of Switchel found in Colonial era North America most likely originated in the Caribbean and soon became a common drink in fields, farms, taverns, and households. Historically referred to as Haymaker's Punch, Swizzle, or Switzel,  Switchel is a healthy and delicious, natural hydrating drink. Not only was it a non-alcoholic drink that wouldn’t make you ill, it's seen as a delicious and medicinal beverage enjoyed by everyone.

Used as a hydrator by day and topped up with alcohol in the evenings, Switchel has always been a delicious, nutritious, versatile drink.

Today, our False Ox Switchels are a natural way to stay hydrated, boost your immune system, and promote gut health. They also happen to be very tasty and make a wide variety of unique cocktails. A delicious and healthy alternative to artificial hydrating beverages.

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Shrub Flavours

Available  in 12 oz bottles! 

Raspberry Balsamic

Strawberry Mint

Beet and Ginger

MANGO LIME

Celery Jalapeno

Grapefruit rosemary

 

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Original Switchel balances the tanginess of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, the fresh spiciness of Ginger, and the sweetness of Organic Cane Sugar. Natural electrolytes make our Original Switchel a perfect natural workout drink. Also makes a great cocktail!

Juniper Switchel is made with Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Ginger, Organic Cane Sugar, and balanced with unique flavour of Juniper, this Switchel is very tasty and refreshing. This healthy alternative to artificial hydrating beverages is also an amazing mixer for cocktails. 

Blackstrap Molasses Switchel is an homage to early versions of Switchel originating in the Caribbean, where  Blackstrap Molasses was used as a sweetener. False Ox Blackstrap Molasses Switchel balances the distinct taste of blackstrap molasses with Ginger, and tanginess of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Try it in a Dark and Stormy! 

Unsweetened Switchel is a natural thirst quencher with zero sugar. Our finely crafted spice blend lends some sweetness to balance the Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and GInger. Finally a full flavoured hydrating beverage with no sugar! None!

Wonderful places to find our Shrubs and Switchels! 

Rosedale's Finest Specialty Foods
408 Summerhill Ave
416-786-7038

The Big Carrot
348 Danforth Ave
www.thebigcarrot.ca
416-466-2129

REDS Midtown Tavern (Beet Margarita with our Beet Ginger Shrub!)
382 Yonge St #6
redsmidtowntavern.com
416-598-3535

REDS Wine Tavern  (Beet Margarita with our Beet Ginger Shrub!)
77 Adelaide St W
redswinetavern.com
416-862-7337

Moberly Natural Foods
2044 Danforth Ave
moberlynaturalfoods.com
416-690-8868

Cabbagetown Organics (Switchels only)
499 Parliament St, Toronto
416-913-7296
 
1/2 oz. Cocktail Emporium (Shrubs only)
20 Kensington Ave, Toronto, 
cocktailemporium.ca
 
Fresh From The Farm (Switchels only)
350 Donlands Ave, Toronto
freshfromthefarm.ca
416-422-3276
 
Harvest Wagon (Shrubs and Switchels!)
1103 Yonge Street, Toronto
harvestwagon.com
416-923-7542
 
Lennie's Whole Foods Cabbagetown (Switchels only)
489 Parliament St, Toronto
facebook.com/lennieswholefoods
416-920-3777
 
Little Nature's Market (Switchels only)
380 Bloor St W, Toronto
416-925-8102
 
Muddy York Brewing Co. (Shrubs only)
22 Cranfield Rd, East York,
muddyyorkbrewing.com

McEwan (Shrubs and Switchels!)
Don Mills Location
38 Karl Fraser Rd, Toronto
416.414.7661
 

McEwan TD Centre PATH Location (Shrubs and Switchels!)
66 Wellington, Toronto
416.444.6262
mcewan.mcewangroup.ca

Old’s Cool General Store
250 Westlake Ave, East York
(416) 425-9084
oldscoolgeneralstore.com
 
Schmaltz Appetizing (2 locations; Switchels only) 
224 Ossington Ave, Toronto
647-350-4400

414 Dupont St, Toronto
647-350-4261
schmaltzappetizing.com
 
The Sweet Potato (Switchels Only)
108 Vine Ave, Toronto
416-762-4848
thesweetpotato.ca
 
Victoria’s Whole Food Store (Switchels Only)
1450 Gerrard Street East, Toronto
(647) 346-5566

Brew North (Shrubs only)
1578 Queen St E, Toronto
brewnorth.com
416-461-9494

 

 

Email -  falseox@gmail.com

Phone  - 647-290-5606
 

 

More recipes on their way!

 

Detox Retox

1 oz False Ox Beet and Ginger Shrub
1 ½ oz London Dry Gin
3 oz mineral water
1 to 2 pieces candied ginger
1 lime slice
 

A Drink Named Sue

1 oz False Ox Strawberry Mint Shrub
1 oz Spiced rum
1 dash of Tangerine Clove Bitters
3 oz mineral water
1 mint sprig
1 lime slice

 
False Ox in Toronto Star

Bliss & Vinegar!

Toronto Star drinks Columnist Christine Sismondo writes a very flattering article about us in the Toronto Star Awesome article and some fantastic recipes! 

 

 

Blogto did a great article on Coffee Crate. Roland Vencel and Megan Millington's mobile coffee shop not only has incredible coffee, but serves our shrubs with soda water.