Use our shrubs to make effortless bar quality cocktails and mocktails at home. Simple and Delicious!

Wicked Bess shrubs are all in one mixers that allow you to easily transform ordinary boring drinks into refreshing, vibrant, well balanced cocktails and mocktails bursting with flavor that taste like they were just made by a professional bartender.

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Inspired by my parents journey from the Caribbean (Trinidad and Tobago) to New England.

wick'ed (adj.) Boston slang; very, really, totally going beyond reasonable or predictable limits, of exceptional quality or degree.

bess (adj.) Trini slang; sexy, awesome, boss, the object of everyone's affection; sort of like best but better.

Always made by hand using only fresh all natural ingredients.

Whats the secret? It's all about the prep work. We know you don't always have time to juice fresh limes, make fancy syrups on the stove top or dirty your blender making fresh ginger puree. There are only 24 hours in a day and not everyone has time to spend researching the exact ratios and techniques required to make the perfect cocktail. That's why you go out to bars and spend 15 dollars on a single  handcrafted cocktail made by a mixologist. But that doesn't have to mean you can't enjoy something equally delicious and well made at home for a fraction of the cost.

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It's the easiest bess cocktail you'll ever make!

Take your two ingredient cocktail game to the next level! The basic recipe could not be simpler to execute. You just pour 1 part Wicked Bess shrub and 2 parts rum, tequila or vodka into a glass. Add some fresh ice and splash some soda water or something fizzy on top. Stir it until the glass is cold and you will have created a well balanced refreshing cocktail  that tastes like it was just made for you by a professional bartender. Add 1 part shrub and 4 parts soda water for a delicious mocktail experience.

Expert prep work conveniently delivered right to your door.

With over 10+ years of industry experience and a passion for making both shrubs and cocktails, I have developed these recipes over the years through trial and error (aka the scientific method.) I have effectively done all the testing so you don't have to.  And they require no extra ingredients to be perfectly balanced!


Delight your friends and family with uniquely inspired flavor profiles.

The flavors are made with various combinations of fully ripened  fruits, spicy peppers, organic ginger and fresh squeezed citrus juices.  But all the prep work is already in the bottle. The proportions have been meticulously measured so that if you can count to two, you can make a Wicked Bess Cocktail that will turn heads and raise eyebrows. No one needs to know how you did it.

Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back (you keep the product), no questions asked

Handcrafted Artisan Shrubs

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Pear, lime, ginger & jalepeno shrub


Crisp & refreshing, this versatile blend quenches thirst likes its a job.  Add to your next vodka and soda and let the fresh ginger and jalepeno be your tour guides for a moscow mule adventure.


Each 4oz bottle will make at least 4 cocktails.


Loves: soda, vodka, rum,  tequila

Grapefruit, cinnamon, lime & ginger shrub


Sweet, acidic and a little bitter.  Bursting with grapefruit flavor,  lime, a ginger kick and a little cinnamon in the background for that tiki flair.  Add to tequila and soda for the paloma of your dreams.


Each 4oz bottle will make at least 4 cocktails.

Loves:  Tequila, vodka, rum, soda

Blackberry, orange, mango & ginger shrub


A perfect blend of fresh tart blackberries and tropical mangos. Orange is the bridge, and ginger provides the bite. Prepare to giggle with delight after each sip. Mix with your favorite whiskey and soda and blow your guests away each and every time.


Each 4oz bottle will make at least  4 cocktails.

Loves: Whiskey, Gin, Vodka, soda

Strawberry, kiwi, lime shrub


Strawberry kiwi and lime oh my! A journey down the Wicked Bess road ends in a flavor paradise.  Tropical , tart, sweet and refreshing all in one sip.   Add to a glass of sparkling wine for a delicious strawberry kiwi spritz.

Each 4oz bottle will make at least 4 cocktails.

Loves: soda, sparkling wine, vodka, tequila, rum

Pineapple lime mandarin & habenero shrub


A tropical blend of pineapple and mandarin oranges combine with the brightness of fresh lime and the spiciness  of habenero pepper. It makes you want to keep coming back for more. Add to coconut rum for a killer painkiller!

Each 4oz bottle will make at least 4 cocktails.

Loves: soda, vodka, rum,  tequila

Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back (you keep the product), no questions asked


Every shrub starts with love and an oleo sacchurum. It's the backbone upon which all other flavors will rest.


We use the cold press method to maximize the freshness flavor. It takes a little longer but it's worth it.


In addition to apple cider vinegar, we use blends of red wine, champagne, and white wine vinegars infused with various spices to add layers of flavor.


Each recipe is developed with a meticulous trial and error approach and  scientific precision.

The Wicked Bess (my) Story


William Caines

Head Shrub Maker

My Parents were born and raised in Four Roads, Trinidad and Tobago. They grew up only a few houses away from each other at a time and place where the roads were made of dirt and you had to walk to get water. Both of them at different times in their lives, took a giant leap of faith and moved to the United States in search of a better life. As fate would have it, they both ended up in Boston. They met up again years later, fell in love, got married, and had me.  It's probably taken me far too many years to see myself as an actual byproduct of the American Dream.

Growing up outside of Boston, some of my fondest childhood memories involve summer days at Walden's Pond. In between dips in the pond, we would pick berries or snack on the assortment of fruit my mom always packed: peaches, plums, pears, and mangoes. My uncles would bring homemade ginger beer and later these would become shandys. At the time, it never occurred to me that none of the other families on blankets were dipping their fruit into spicy pepper sauce.

Years later, my passion for shrub making sprang out of my passion for bartending and seeing the smiles on peoples faces when they enjoyed a well made balanced cocktail. For me, that balance became the grail; when all the spicy, sweet, earthy and acidic flavors come together they harmonize like Boys II Men. Once I discovered shrubs, they quickly became my secret sauce for creating intricate, well balanced, delicious cocktails quickly and with ease. With all the hard work done ahead of time, when the doors were open, all I had to do was pour and focus on my guests.

2020 has been an interesting year of introspection and being forced out of my comfort zone.   A desire to move away from where technology has taken us; to rediscover the value of human hands put to work; and to create something that makes people smile has led me to this venture. The final product containing nuances of flavor and designed to balance the spirit, will transform your beverage of choice into a delicious craft cocktail or mocktail experience.


William Caines

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