Rhubarb Empress Gin and Tonic

Rhubarb Empress & Tonic

Springtime gatherings aren’t complete without the Rhubarb Empress & Tonic cocktail! Featuring Empress 1908 Gin, homemade rhubarb syrup, and a touch of pink peppercorn, it’s a refreshing twist on a classic G&T.

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Rhubarb Empress & Tonic

If you haven’t tried rhubarb in your cocktails, the Rhubarb Empress & Tonic is a unique cocktail to mix up and welcome in Spring! This drink is a springtime rift on the classic gin and tonic, combining Empress 1908 Gin with the tangy sweetness of homemade rhubarb syrup. Empress 1908 Gin is a premium spirit known for its gorgeous indigo hue, derived from the infusion of butterfly pea blossoms.

Homemade rhubarb syrup is crafted from fresh seasonal rhubarb, sugar, water, and a hint of vanilla extract, for a delightful tartness and a burst of springtime flavor. You’ll need about 30 minutes to prep the rhubarb syrup in advance, so be sure to plan ahead!

A dash of pink peppercorn adds a pop of color and tonic water provides the perfect bubbles to balance the other ingredients. A squeeze of fresh lime juice incorporates the refreshing elements of the classic gin and tonic. Top the Rhubarb Empress & Tonic with an edible flower, snap a pic for Insta, and enjoy sipping!

Ingredients for the Rhubarb Empress & Tonic

  • Empress 1908 Gin: This premium gin lends its signature indigo hue to the cocktail and adds a unique blend of botanicals for a complex and aromatic base.
  • Fresh Seasonal Rhubarb: Cut into chunks, rhubarb a vibrant tartness to the syrup.
  • Sugar: Used to sweeten the rhubarb and create a balanced syrup. The amount of sugar can be adjusted based on your personal preference and the tartness of the rhubarb.
  • Water: Simmered with the rhubarb and sugar, water helps to break down the rhubarb and extract its flavor.
  • Vanilla Extract: Adds a subtle hint of sweetness to the rhubarb syrup.
  • Tonic: Use your favorite brand of crisp and bubbly tonic water.
  • Lime Wedge: A squeeze of fresh lime juice adds a bright citrusy note to balance the sweetness of the rhubarb syrup.
  • Pink Peppercorn: A sprinkle of pink peppercorn adds a subtle hint of spice and a pop of color to the cocktail.
Rhubarb Empress Gin and Tonic

How to Make the Rhubarb Empress & Tonic

Most of your prep work will be making the rhubarb syrup, so plan ahead!

Start by crafting the rhubarb syrup. In a saucepan, add fresh rhubarb with sugar, water, and a touch of vanilla extract and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer for 30 minutes. Once cooled, strain the syrup into a jar, discarding any solids.

When it’s time to mix the cocktail, start by filling a glass with ice. Add a generous splash of rhubarb syrup, followed by the tonic water. Slowly pour the Empress 1908 Gin over the back of a spoon to create a layered effect.

Squeeze a wedge of lime over the top of the cocktail. Sprinkle with pink peppercorn for an added burst of flavor. If desired, garnish with a slice of rhubarb and an edible flower for an extra touch of beauty.

Give the cocktail a gentle stir to blend all the flavors together and enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some other cocktails I can make with rhubarb syrup?

Rhubarb syrup is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of cocktails. Some popular options include the Rhubarb Collins (a twist on the classic Tom Collins), the Rhubarb Margarita (substitute rhubarb syrup for the traditional sweetener), or the Rhubarb Fizz (combine rhubarb syrup with gin, lemon juice, and soda water). Get creative and experiment with different combinations to find your perfect rhubarb-infused cocktail!

Can I prepare the rhubarb syrup in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the rhubarb syrup ahead of time to save time when making the cocktail. Once cooled, store the syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

What makes Empress 1908 Gin unique?

Empress 1908 Gin is renowned for its stunning indigo hue, which is derived from the infusion of butterfly pea blossoms. The premium gin boasts a complex blend of botanicals like juniper, grapefruit peel, and coriander seed, for a smooth and aromatic spirit that’s perfect for crafting cocktails.

How does the Rhubarb Empress & Tonic differ from a traditional gin and tonic?

While both cocktails share the classic combination of gin and tonic water, the Rhubarb Empress & Tonic has a unique twist with the addition of homemade rhubarb syrup. This tangy syrup complements the crispness of the gin and the effervescence of the tonic water.

Are there any variations of the Rhubarb Empress & Tonic that I can try?

Yes, feel free to experiment with different variations of the Rhubarb Empress & Tonic by incorporating additional ingredients or flavor combinations. Add a splash of elderflower liqueur for a floral twist, or muddle fresh herbs like mint or basil for freshness.

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Rhubarb Empress & Tonic

The Rhubarb Empress & Tonic cocktail features Empress 1908 Gin, homemade rhubarb syrup, and a touch of pink peppercorn, it's a refreshing twist on a classic G&T!
Prep Time30 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gin, gin and tonic, Gin Cocktail, Rhubarb, Rhubarb Cocktail, Spring Cocktail, summer cocktail
Yield: 1


Rhubarb Syrup

  • 2-3 rhubarb stalks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Rhubarb Empress & Tonic Cocktail

  • 1 1/2 oz Empress 1908 Gin
  • 1/2 oz rhubarb syrup
  • 4 oz tonic
  • Lime wedge
  • Dash pink peppercorn
  • Garnish: Edible flower


Rhubarb Syrup

  • Cut rhubarb into 1/2 inch chunks. Combine rhubarb, sugar, water and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cool. When cool, strain syrup into a jar and discard solids.

Rhubarb Empress & Tonic

  • Fill a glass with ice. Add rhubarb syrup and tonic water. Slowly pour Empress 1908 Gin into the glass, so it creates a layer over the cocktail.
  • Top with lime juice and a sprinkle of pink peppercorns. If desired, garnish with rhubarb and an edible flower. Stir before enjoying.

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