How to Make a Rhubarb Gin Cocktail

It's hard to imagine a world where rhubarb doesn't make your beverage brighter. Here's a rhubarb gin cocktail recipe that makes the most of spring's tart harvest!

This rhubarb gin cocktail is a tart take on the classic gin fizz. Can’t find fresh rhubarb? You can make the rhubarb syrup ahead of time and keep it on hand for a spring-inspired drink. You can also find frozen rhubarb in most grocery stores, or freeze it yourself every spring.

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How to Make a Rhubarb Gin Cocktail



Step 1: Make the rhubarb syrup

First things first, you’ll need to make a homemade simple syrup infused with rhubarb. Here’s what you’ll need for your syrup:

  • 6 ounces chopped fresh rhubarb
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

Combine the rhubarb, sugar and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook 10 minutes.

Let syrup cool to room temperature, then press through a fine mesh sieve like this one. Transfer syrup to a container with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate until needed.

Step 2: Shake it up

This rhubarb gin cocktail is incredibly easy to whip up! Simply add gin, lemon juice, rhubarb syrup and egg white (if using) in a cocktail shaker filled three-quarters with ice. Secure lid and vigorously shake until everything is thoroughly chilled.

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Step 3: Strain, top and serve

Finally, fill a Collins or highball glass with ice. Strain the rhubarb gin cocktail into your prepared glass. Top with club soda, garnish with a lemon slice and serve!

Rhubarb Gin CocktailLauren Grant for Taste of Home

Find More Ways to Use Rhubarb Syrup

  • Use rhubarb syrup in any cocktail recipe that calls for simple syrup. It’s best used with light-colored liquors such as gin, vodka, blanco tequila and white rum.
  • Add a splash to iced or hot tea for a sweet fruity addition.
  • Mix with a bit of maple syrup and drizzle over pancakes or waffles.
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Lauren Grant
Lauren is a culinary food scientist and writer who has worked in food for more than 15 years. She has worked in numerous test kitchens including America’s Test Kitchen and Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen. In addition to running her popular recipe website, Zestful Kitchen, Lauren has also worked with leading food publications and brands. At Taste of Home, Lauren is the go-to resource for fantastic cocktail recipes. A few of the recipes she’s shared include a rhubarb gin cocktail, classic negroni and bourbon apple cider. Looking for more cocktail ideas? Lauren re-creates her favorites on her Instagram every Friday.