15 Revitalizing Rhubarb Cocktails 

Published May 11, 2022
rhubarb cocktails

Rhubarb is a secret weapon in not only the culinary world but the cocktail world as well. This tart and tangy vegetable may cause a lot of divisiveness in food, but allow this misunderstood element to shine in your cocktails. Who better to master a rhubarb cocktail than you?

Rhubarb and Vodka

Allow vodka to take a back seat to the rhubarb flavors in these tasty concoctions. Consider infusing your vodka or gin with that tangy rhubarb flavor for even more of a punch.

Rhubarb Lemon Fizz

Make it rhubarb, make it vodka, and elegant and bubbly. This is the martini that'll set you apart.

rhubarb lemon fizz

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, rhubarb simple syrup, and lemon juice.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Top off with prosecco.
  6. Garnish with rhubarb ribbon.

Rhubarb Lime Rickey

Pivot from sweet to sour with this complex yet tasty rickey.

rhubarb lime rickey cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • ¾ ounce rhubarb syrup
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Club soda to top off
  • Rosemary sprig and lime wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add ice, vodka, rhubarb syrup, and lime juice.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Top off with club soda.
  4. Garnish with lime wheel and rosemary sprig.

Rhubarb Pie in a Glass

Skip the butter and the flour and the guesswork involved in making a pie by quickly shaking those flavors into a glass.

rhubarb pie cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • ¾ ounce rhubarb syrup
  • ½ ounce cinnamon liqueur
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Rhubarb chunk for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, rhubarb syrup, cinnamon liqueur, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with rhubarb chunk.

Rhubarb Martini

If you're the type of person that loves a tart martini, then pull a chair because this will answer the call of your heart. Top off with prosecco if you really want to level up this cocktail.

rhubarb martini

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • ½ ounce rhubarb syrup
  • ¼ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2-3 dashes rhubarb bitters
  • Ice
  • Rhubarb ribbon for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, rhubarb syrup, lime juice, and bitters.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with rhubarb ribbon, if desired.

Rhubarb Shrub Cocktail

Rhubarb shrub is a versatile and forgiving ingredient. Once you master this simple cocktail, the rhubarb shrub world will soon be yours to conquer. If you want rhubarb shrub flavors but no alcohol, simply mix a splash of shrub with club soda.

rhubarb shrub cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces vodka
  • ¾ ounce rhubarb shrub (recipe below)
  • ¾ ounce elderflower liqueur
  • ½ ounce orange liqueur
  • Ice
  • Prosecco to top off
  • Raspberry and mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, rhubarb shrub, elderflower liqueur, and orange liqueur.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into wine or rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Top off with prosecco.
  5. Garnish with raspberry and mint sprig.

Rhubarb and Gin

Gins juniper notes create an excellent contrast to those bitter rhubarb flavors, perfect for a well-balanced drink.

Strawberry Rhubarb Sour

Embrace the sour flavors of rhubarb with this sour gin cocktail.

strawberry rhubarb sour

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ ounce strawberry liqueur
  • ½ ounce rhubarb shrub
  • ¼ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Club soda to top off
  • Rhubarb sprig and strawberry slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, gin, lime juice, strawberry liqueur, rhubarb shrub, and lime juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Top off with club soda.
  5. Garnish with rhubarb sprig and strawberry slice.

Rhubarb G + T

If a gin and tonic soothes your soul, adding a splash of rhubarb flavor adds that perfect amount of tang and refreshment.

rhubarb gin and tonic

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin
  • ½ ounce rhubarb shrub
  • Ice
  • Tonic water to top off
  • Rhubarb ribbon for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add ice, gin, and rhubarb shrub.
  2. Top off with tonic water.
  3. Garnish with rhubarb ribbon.

Rhubarb 75

Let your usual brunch cocktails take the day off in favor of this tangy and crisp French 75 riff.

rhubarb 75 cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce gin
  • ¾ ounce rhubarb syrup
  • Prosecco to top off
  • Rhubarb ribbon for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Chill a Champagne flute.
  2. In chilled flute, add gin and rhubarb syrup.
  3. Top off with prosecco.
  4. Garnish with rhubarb ribbon, if desired.

Rhubarb Collins

Liven up the sometimes drab and plain Tom Collins with piquant rhubarb flavors.

rhubarb collins cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ ounce rhubarb syrup
  • Ice
  • Club soda to top off
  • Mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add ice, gin, lime juice, and rhubarb syrup.
  2. Top off with club soda.
  3. Garnish with mint sprig.

Rhubarb Negroni

Embrace all the bitter flavors with a dash of rhubarb shrub in this Negroni riff.

rhubarb negroni cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • ½ ounce rhubarb shrub
  • Ice
  • Lemon ribbon for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a mixing glass, add ice, gin, sweet vermouth, Campari, and rhubarb shrub.
  2. Stir rapidly to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with lemon ribbon.

Rhubarb Cocktails for All Spirits

Explore the world of rhubarb with tequila, rum, and other spirits in these unique and stunning rhubarb drinks.

Tequila Rhubarb Spritzer

The agave notes in tequila play so elegantly with the rhubarb flavors.

tequila rhubarb spritzer

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • ¾ ounce rhubarb shrub
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Club soda to top off
  • Rhubarb ribbon for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a wine glass, add ice, tequila, rhubarb shrub, and lime juice.
  2. Top off with club soda.
  3. Stir to mix.
  4. Garnish with rhubarb ribbon.

Rhubarb Bourbon Sour

Channel your inner classic cocktail desires with this upgraded bourbon sour.

rhubarb bourbon sour

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce rhubarb simple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • Ice
  • Cherries for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a coupe glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white.
  3. Dry shake for approximately 45 seconds to mix ingredients and create a froth.
  4. Add ice to shaker.
  5. Shake to chill.
  6. Strain into chilled glass.
  7. Garnish with cherries.

Rhubarb Fields Forever

With a little tequila and a little strawberry, you'll be transported to a field of wildflowers and sunshine. Incredible.

strawberry fields forever rhubarb cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce rhubarb simple syrup
  • ½ ounce strawberry liqueur
  • Ice
  • Lemonade to top off
  • Lime wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, tequila, lemon juice, rhubarb simple syrup, and strawberry liqueur.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with lime wheel.

Strawberry Rhubarb Daiquiri

A daiquiri takes on the flavor of the boldest ingredient meaning rhubarb will shine in this summery cocktail.

rhubarb daiquiri cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces strawberry rum
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ ounce rhubarb simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Strawberry slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, strawberry rum, lime juice, and simple syrup.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with strawberry slice.

Rhubarb Margarita

A margarita is a drink that's so famous it needs no introduction, just an entire story on your Instagram.

rhubarb margarita cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • ¾ ounce rhubarb syrup
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce orange liqueur
  • Crushed ice
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, tequila, rhubarb syrup, lime juice, and orange liqueur.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into margarita glass over crushed ice.
  4. Garnish with lime wedge.

Rhubarb Shrub

Don't be put off by making your own rhubarb shrub. It's a simple process and an ingredient that'll keep on giving.

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups fresh rhubarb, cut into quarter inch pieces
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup vinegar (white, apple, or red wine)
  • Glass jar or bowl

Instructions

  1. In a jar or bowl, add sliced rhubarb and sugar.
  2. Cover and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 24 hours, but no more than approximately 4 days, taking care to stir twice a day.
  3. After the final day, uncover and stir in vinegar.
  4. Allow to sit at room temperature for several hours then strain the mixture to remove rhubarb.
  5. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to six months.

Tangy and Tart Rhubarb Cocktails

It's time to let rhubarb shine and leave its old reputation behind. Stun your friends with these colorful cocktails and show your family that your aunt isn't the only one who can master rhubarb. Just be prepared to spill your secrets.

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