Rhubarb Gin & Tonic Cocktail


Welcome, cocktail enthusiasts! Today, I’m diving into the refreshing world of the Rhubarb Gin & Tonic cocktail. This is not your average gin and tonic; this drink is a vibrant, tangy twist on a traditional favorite that is perfect for those hot summer days. Whether you’re hosting a garden party or simply enjoying a quiet evening on the patio, the Rhubarb Gin & Tonic is a delightful concoction that is sure to tantalize your taste buds.

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How to Make Rhubarb G&T Cocktail

The Rhubarb G&T cocktail is a refreshing, delicious twist on the classic Gin & Tonic. It’s the perfect accompaniment for a sunny afternoon or a relaxing evening. Here’s how you can make it at home:


Before we can start crafting our cocktail, let’s gather all the necessary ingredients. The Rhubarb Gin & Tonic cocktail requires:

  • 50ml Rhubarb Gin
  • 150ml Tonic Water
  • 1/2 Fresh Lime
  • Rhubarb Stalk (for garnish)
  • Ice cubes


Now that we have our ingredients, let’s get to mixing! Here’s how to prepare the Rhubarb Gin & Tonic cocktail:

  1. Prepare Your Glass: Fill your glass with ice to chill it.
  2. Add the Gin: Pour 50ml of Rhubarb Gin over the ice.
  3. Add the Tonic Water: Slowly add the tonic water to the glass.
  4. Add Lime: Squeeze half a lime into your drink.
  5. Garnish: Stir the cocktail gently and garnish with a fresh stalk of rhubarb.
  6. Serve: Serve immediately and enjoy your refreshing Rhubarb G&T cocktail!

Enjoy your homemade Rhubarb G&T cocktail responsibly. Cheers!

Remember, quality matters! Opt for premium tonic water and high-quality rhubarb gin for the best results. If you can’t find rhubarb syrup in your local grocery store, you can easily make it at home by boiling chopped rhubarb with sugar and water.

Rhubarb Gin & Tonic Cocktail

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Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Discover our invigorating rhubarb gin and tonic cocktail recipe. Combining the tangy zest of fresh rhubarb, the botanical undertones of quality gin, and the fizzy sharpness of tonic, this recipe delivers a unique twist on the classic G&T


  • 50 ml 50 rhubarb gin

  • 200 ml 200 tonic water

  • 2 tablespoons 2 rhubarb syrup

  • Fresh lime juice from half a lime

  • Ice cubes

  • A stalk of fresh rhubarb for garnish


  • Fill a highball glass or large wine glass with ice.
  • Pour over the rhubarb gin.
  • Add the rhubarb syrup and fresh lime juice.
  • Top up with tonic water and stir gently to mix.
  • Garnish with a fresh stalk of rhubarb.


  • One important tip: try to chill your glass before preparing the cocktail. This will keep your drink cool for longer and enhance its refreshing taste.

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How To Make Rhubarb Syrup

Gather 4 cups of chopped fresh rhubarb, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water


  1. Prepare rhubarb: Rinse the rhubarb under cold water and chop into 1-inch pieces.
  2. Cook rhubarb, sugar, and water: Add the chopped rhubarb pieces into a saucepan, followed by the sugar and water. Stir these ingredients together.
  3. Simmer: Once stirred, bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat. When it begins to simmer, lower the heat, and allow it to continue for about 20 minutes or until the rhubarb is completely broken down.
  4. Strain: After 20 minutes of simmering, strain the mixture into a bowl using a fine-mesh sieve. Do not press the solids, let the liquid drain naturally for better clarity of the syrup. It may take up to 30 minutes.
  5. Cool and store: Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature, then pour it into a clean glass jar or a bottle. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Serving Suggestions

Presentation is key when serving cocktails. For the Rhubarb Gin & Tonic, consider garnishing with a stalk of fresh rhubarb or a slice of lime for a pop of color. If you want to get really creative, consider adding edible flowers or colorful cocktail umbrellas.

Serve this cocktail immediately while it’s icy cold. It pairs well with light appetizers or seafood dishes, making it an ideal choice for summer barbecues or picnics.

What tonic goes with rhubarb gin?

Rhubarb gin is a wonderful way to bring a unique twist to your traditional gin and tonic. It blends the bitterness of gin with the sweet and tart flavor of rhubarb, a popular springtime vegetable. Here are some perfect tonic options that would pair well with rhubarb gin:

  1. Simple Premium Tonic Water: Its balanced bitterness and subtle sweetness can bring out the flavor of rhubarb gin without overpowering it.
  2. Elderflower Tonic Water: This tonic water adds a floral and soft sweetness to the rhubarb gin, creating a refreshing finish.
  3. Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer: The spiciness of ginger can complement the tartness of rhubarb, giving a beautiful depth to the gin.
  4. Rose Lemonade: Though not a tonic, this mixer gives a floral and citrus boost to the sweet and tart rhubarb gin.

What pairs well with rhubarb gin?

  • Tonic Water: The classic pairing for any gin, including rhubarb gin, is tonic water. The bitter, sweet aspects of the tonic enhance the tart, slightly sweet flavor of the rhubarb gin.
  • Grapefruit Juice: The slightly acidic, bitter flavor of grapefruit juice can compliment the sweet, tart flavor of rhubarb gin.
  • Cranberry Juice: Cranberry brings out the natural tartness of the rhubarb in the gin while adding a little sweetness.
  • Apple Juice: The sweetness of apple juice can balance out the tartness of a rhubarb gin.
  • Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer: Both provide a spicy complement to the sweet and tart rhubarb gin.
  • Lemon/Lime Juice: If you’re making a cocktail, consider adding some lemon or lime juice to brighten up the flavors.

With cocktails, it can also be fun to play around with herbal additions like mint or basil, or adding some simple syrup or honey to sweeten things up.


Here are some frequently asked questions about the Rhubarb Gin & Tonic cocktail:

Can I use regular gin instead of rhubarb gin?

Yes, but it will alter the flavor profile of the cocktail. Rhubarb gin has a unique tangy sweetness that regular gin lacks.

Can I make this cocktail in advance?

It’s best served fresh, but you can prepare the rhubarb syrup in advance and store it in the fridge.

Can I substitute the lime juice?

Lime juice adds a certain zest to the drink, but lemon juice could be used as an alternative.


There you have it, your very own Rhubarb Gin & Tonic cocktail! We encourage you to try this refreshing summer concoction and add your own twist to it. Don’t forget to share your experiences and any creative variations you come up with.

Other Refreshing Summer Cocktails

If you enjoyed this recipe, why not explore more? Here are some other summer cocktails that might pique your interest:

Elderflower Collins: A light and floral gin-based cocktail that’s delightfully refreshing. Check out the recipe here.

Watermelon Margarita: A fruity twist on the classic margarita, perfect for those hot summer days. Find the recipe here.

Pineapple Orange Coconut Rum: A tropical take on the traditional mojito that’ll transport you straight to the beach. See the recipe here.

Cheers to a refreshing summer filled with delicious cocktails!

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