Whether you make one drink or a pitcherful, these Sparkling Rhubarb Shrub Cocktails are a tasty and refreshing way to toast the warm weather!
A shrub is basically a syrup made with fruit and vinegar. I’ve been seeing shrub cocktails everywhere, though any mention of vinegar in my happy hour beverage was a real turn off for me….until now. Since I’m always telling my kids they need to try foods before they declare their dislike for them, I stepped up to the plate and experimented with this recipe for Sparkling Rhubarb Shrub Cocktails. Holy cow, have I been missing out! These slightly sweet and sour sparklers are a refreshing way to embrace spring and all of those upcoming leisurely evenings on the patio.
These cocktails must be made in advance, so allow yourself at least a day to pull the ingredients together. Not because there is anything difficult about the instructions; rather there is steeping time involved in making the shrub component, so plan accordingly. But that day-long soak in the fridge is about the extent of the heavy lifting for these drinks. The rest of the recipe is pretty straight forward – a generous pour of gin, a dose of tangy shrub, a hint of fresh lemon juice and a splash of club soda right before serving. Easy peasy! Plus this recipe is easily scalable as a batch cocktail for a party.
Hmmmm. A round of drinks, a group of friends, warmer weather – I’m hard pressed to think of a better way to usher in the new season than with a tasty Sparkling Rhubarb Shrub Cocktail in hand. Cheers!