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Strawberry Rhubarb Cocktail

The Strawberry Rhubarb Cocktail is the perfect summer sipper! This gin cocktail is aromatic, sweet, tart and delightfully refreshing.

Strawberry Rhubarb Cocktail

Strawberry and rhubarb is a classic combination and one of my all time favorites when it comes to pies. The tartness of the rhubarb and freshness of the strawberries balance each other in perfect harmony. The only thing better than strawberry and rhubarb in dessert is a strawberry rhubarb cocktail!

Rhubarb season is short so making it into a syrup like I do in this recipe is the perfect way to make it last a little longer! 

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What is Rhubarb?

If you ever see red “celery” at the market, that’s most likely rhubarb! Rhubarb is the edible stalk part of the rhubarb plant. And even though its texture and appearance of rhubarb are similar to celery, it’s a whole different thing!

Rhubarb has a delightfully sharp and sour taste that helps to boost anything that it’s added to! When stewed or used in a syrup, as I do in the Strawberry Rhubarb Cocktail, the juices from the rhubarb lead to a wonderfully infused tart taste!

Rhubarb season starts in April and goes to July but the season can be short depending on your location, so make sure to grab it when you can! If you can’t find rhubarb in your grocery store produce section, check your local farmers market!

Ingredients for the Strawberry Rhubarb Cocktail

  • Gin: You can use any high-quality gin in this cocktail. Gin has a distinct herbal flavor that compliments the fresh flavors in this drink and adds beautiful dimension. I personally used Sunday Gin from You & Yours Distilling Co.
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup: The secret ingredient of this cocktail is the strawberry rhubarb syrup. This homemade syrup is made with strawberries, rhubarb, sugar and water. It’s tart and sweet and you can use leftovers for ice cream or add a splash to club soda.
  • Lemon Juice: Juice from fresh lemon brings in the tart and citrusy flavor. It adds freshness to the cocktail.
  • Club Soda: You can either use club soda or sparkling water.
  • Rhubarb Ribbon and Mint: A rhubarb ribbon and mint sprig add visual appeal to the cocktail and are the perfect garnish.

How To Make Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup

Now onto how to make it! Because the Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup needs some time to cool, you want to make it at least 30 minutes before you plan to enjoy the cocktails. But you can make it in advance and it will last around a week in the fridge.

Making a simple syrup is very straightforward, hence the name! To make a very basic simple syrup, you need only heat the sugar and water. To make a flavored syrup, we do need to add the fruit of your choice. In our case, this will be strawberries and rhubarb!

To prepare the rhubarb, remove the very base and top of the stalk, as well as any remnants of leaves on the tops – rhubarb leaves are poisonous, so should be avoided. Slice the stalk down the center to create two thin, long stalks, and then chop short ways into pieces that are roughly a centimeter thick. The smaller the pieces of your fruit are, the more flavor you’ll extract.

Once your fruit is prepared, add it to a small saucepan along with your sugar and water. Put some heat under the pan to help dissolve the sugar, and then bring the mixture to a gentle boil. When you do reach that point, reduce the heat, and allow the mixture to simmer until the fruit is broken down about 20 minutes or so. Once it’s done, allow it to cool and strain out the fruit pieces.

How To Make The Strawberry Rhubarb Cocktail

The cocktail is easy! Simply add all your ingredients, except the club soda, to a shaker with some ice, and shake. Strain that into two cocktail glasses, top with a splash of club soda and your garnish, and serve! 

If you like the Strawberry Rhubarb Cocktail, you should mix up some of my favorite gin recipes like the Berry Tea Cocktail or the Coconut Water Gimlet.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Cocktail

This Strawberry Rhubarb Cocktail is made with gin, strawberries, rhubarb and lemon for a perfectly refreshing summer cocktail!
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time20 mins
Cooling Time20 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail, Gin, Rhubarb, Rhubarb Cocktail, Strawberry
Yield: 2 cocktails

Materials

  • 3 oz gin
  • 1 oz strawberry rhubarb syrup
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Club soda
  • Garnish: Rhubarb ribbon and mint

Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup

  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped rhubarb
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  • Add gin, strawberry rhubarb syrup, lemon juice and ice to a cocktail shaker and shake until chilled.
  • Strain into 2 cocktail glasses over fresh ice. Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with a rhubarb ribbon and mint sprig.

Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup

  • Add all ingredients to a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Strain into a jar.

Notes

  • This recipe would work great as a mocktail! Just eliminate the gin and add a little extra club soda.
  • Make extra syrup and try it with ice cream or add it to sparkling water.

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