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Three Rhubarb Cocktail Recipes

rhubarb gin fixx recipe

When it comes to distinctly spring flavors, Rhubarb is one of the first things that pops to mind.  I used to stay far away from the tart veggie after summers of eating it raw from my grandmothers garden left me with a bad taste in my mouth (literally). As an adult however, I try to challenge myself to re-try things that I once thought I disliked… Rhubarb being one of them.

I am not known for turning down cocktails, so after trying a rhubarb margarita concoction (which I loved) I decided to try making some other cocktail varieties for you guys who are able to find some rhubarb in the market.  We have three very different drinks for you to try, starting with a ‘Pink Sparkler’.

pink sparkler

The Pink Sparkler uses a classic combination of strawberry and rhubarb to create a base of sweet flavor.  Topped with a crisp sparkling wine, this cocktail becomes well rounded.

rhubarb gin fizz rhubarb rum punch

Next on the list is a Rhubarb Gin Fizz.  Classic Gin Fizzes use lemon or lime juice with superfine sugar, but I’ve subbed the sugar for simple syrup here to integrate the rhubarb flavor and still add sweetness.  Your typical recipe might call for egg white too, but I opted out for this recipe. The result is a very light, tart drink that isn’t overpowering.

Lastly, the Rhubarb Rum Punch is my favorite of the bunch. It tastes like a spring vacation. Orange juice cuts the tartness and a lingering rum flavor adds a slightly tropical twist. It doesn’t look beautiful, so if you don’t like the muddy yellow color, mix a bit of grenadine in.

All in all, it was a lot of fun creating these recipes and you’ll notice that they all use one common ingredient – Rhubarb Simple Syrup.  It’s easy to make, just chop up 2 stems of rhubarb and add it to 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan.  Bring to boiling until all sugar is dissolved.  Reduce to a simmer and let the rhubarb flavor meld for about 5-10 more minutes. Strain to remove the rhubarb chunks and let it cool.

rhubarb champagne cocktail

It’s pretty easy to make flavor infused syrups.  Look for some local rhubarb in your area and give it a try!



12 Comments on “Three Rhubarb Cocktail Recipes”

  1. MTS April 24, 2014 at 7:50 am #

    Of possible interest to you is the Rhubarb liqueur made by AITA Spirits:


    It’s definitely interesting and works in a variety of mixed drinks.

  2. Clara April 24, 2014 at 7:52 am #

    I am all over these. The photos, Erin….gorgeous!

  3. Elizabeth April 24, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    What a great idea for bevs! They look gorgeous too!

  4. Mary @ The Kitchen Paper April 24, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    YUM! I love these! If only Montana weren’t months behind the rest of the country when it comes to produce — I don’t think we’ll see any rhubarb before we leave! I’ll have to save these for our return :)

  5. Erin | Holtwood Hipster April 24, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    Confession – I have never tried rhubarb. Like a persimmon or a loquat, it just seems a little exotic and scary. Luckily you’ve given me a reason to finally try it- the alcohol will certainly give me some extra courage anyway. Nice post!

  6. Jacquelyn | lark & linen April 24, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m drooling right now

  7. Claire- hearthandmadeuk April 24, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    these are great! The rhubarb at our allotment has gone CRAZY so we have so much to get through. Thank you for these ^_^

  8. Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge) April 24, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    Looks amazing! The gin and rhubarb fizz sounds incredible!

  9. Amanda @ A Hammer & Heels April 24, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    We grew rhubarb at my home growing up so we always had rhubarb pie and other things. I loved it! My mom also cooked it down into something similar to applesauce, but she added strawberry jello powder so it wasn’t so tart :)



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