Sparkling Rhubarb Shrub Cocktails

by | Apr 11, 2016 | All, Liqueurs

Whether you make one drink or a pitcherful, these Sparkling Rhubarb Shrub Cocktails are a tasty and refreshing way to toast the warm weather!

Calling all gin lovers! Give your favorite spirit a seasonal twist with this refreshing recipe for Sparkling Rhubarb Shrub Cocktails - an ideal spring cocktail!So let’s talk about the elephant in the room before we go any further: what the heck is a ‘shrub’ and why would I ever want it in my cocktail?

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!

Tip: Pat bought me this OXO Press & Pour Cocktail Shaker for my birthday last month, and I’m in love with it! It has a push button top, so I no longer have to struggle with getting the cocktail shaker apart when I’m ready to pour my drink. Plus it seals, strains and pours effortlessly.

Calling all gin lovers! Give your favorite spirit a seasonal twist with this refreshing recipe for Sparkling Rhubarb Shrub Cocktails - an ideal spring cocktail!

Sparkling RHubarb Shrub Cocktail in a martini glass .

Yield: 1 cocktail

Sparkling Rhubarb Shrub Cocktail

Sparkling Rhubarb Shrub Cocktail

Whether you make one drink or a pitcherful, these Sparkling Rhubarb Shrub Cocktails are a tasty and refreshing way to toast the warm weather!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 days
Total Time 1 days 10 minutes

Ingredients

Rhubarb Shrub:

  • 1 pound frozen rhubarb, thawed
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil, packed
  • 6 ounces red wine vinegar

Cocktail:

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce rhubarb shrub
  • 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces club soda

Instructions

To make the shrub:

  1. Place rhubarb, sugar and basil in a large bowl and stir to combine. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  2. Stir in vinegar, cover again and refrigerate for another three hours. Pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard rhubarb and basil and refrigerate shrub if not using immediately.

To make the cocktail:

  1. Place gin, shrub and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Pour into coupe glass and top with club soda.

Notes

The shrub mixture will make 10-12 individual cocktails. Combine all cocktail ingredients except club soda in a pitcher if making a batch recipe. Top each glass with club soda when serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

5 ounces

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 71Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 0g

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