Rhubarb Gin & Tonic Cocktail

Rhubarb Gin & Tonic Cocktail

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Rhubarb Gin & Tonic is a refreshing way to toast spring’s arrival. Since rhubarb is one of the first edibles to show up in the garden every spring, it’s fun to come up with new ways to use it, and the start of patio season means cocktails.

Last month I made a bubbly and delicious Prosecco Margarita Cocktail for Cinco de Mayo. But this month it’s all about the rhubarb.

Rhubarb Gin & Tonic Cocktail

Inspiration for a Rhubarb Gin & Tonic Cocktail

A classic Gin & Tonic, or G&T, is just Gin, Tonic, and Lime. The Gin, with its sweet floral notes, is a perfect partner with lots of tart lime.

Because rhubarb has it’s own unique tartness and taste, I couldn’t help but come to the conclusion, that a Rhubarb Gin & Tonic would be perfect.

A cocktail in a glass with lime

Facts About Gin

England likes to claim Gin as it’s national spirit, but it actually originated with the Dutch. And, the biggest drinkers of gin in the world are in the Philippines.

Distilling gin is always based on juniper, but many other botanicals can be added, which makes gin tasting a bit of a fun adventure.

Rhubarb Gin & Tonic Cocktail

Gin Botanicals

There is an amazing variety of different botanicals that may be included in gin. And every one of them gives you a very different gin experience.

Some of the botanicals that you might encounter in your gin are coriander, citrus peel, cinnamon, almond or licorice.

Rhubarb Gin & Tonic

Gin is for Mixing

Although gin is a versatile ingredient, it’s one spirit that you would not want to drink on its own. It is, however, perfect for mixing.

So it’s always great to have a bottle of gin in your home bar, just in case you want to make a Singapore Sling, White Lady, or so many other signature cocktails. Check out this amazing article by Food Republic for more info.

Rhubarb Gin & Tonic

About Rhubarb

Rhubarb, although it’s treated as a fruit, is actually a vegetable. It’s incredibly astringent, so it usually needs a lot of sugar, as in Rhubarb Jam, or is often paired with sweeter fruit, like these Rhubarb Blueberry Oatmeal Bars, or Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins.

Rhubarb is a perennial plant that first appears in the Northern Hemisphere in early spring. When harvesting rhubarb, or making this Rhubarb G&T, be sure to cut the leaves from the stalks and discard them, as they are poisonous!

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Rhubarb G&T


Rhubarb Gin & Tonic Cocktail

Rhubarb Gin & Tonic

Rhubarb adds a refreshing tartness to a classic G & T
4.83 from 29 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Cooling time for syrup 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Drinks
Cuisine Cocktails
Servings 2
Calories 141 kcal


Rhubarb Simple Syrup

  • 2 cups rhubarb chopped (about 4 stalks)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1.5 cups water

Rhubarb Gin & Tonic

  • 4 oz Gin
  • 1 lime juice of
  • 6 oz rhubarb simple syrup
  • 10 oz tonic water
  • lime sliced, for garnish


Rhubarb Simple Syrup

  • In a saucepan, combine rhubarb, sugar, and water.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool completely
  • Strain syrup through a sieve, discarding fruit solids, or saving for another use

Rhubarb Gin & Tonic

  • Fill two chilled highball glasses half full with ice.
  • Add 2 oz gin to each glass
    Add 1/2 lime juice to each glass
  • Add 2 tbsp rhubarb syrup to each glass, or to taste
  • Top up each glass with chilled tonic water
  • Garnish with lime wedges and or slices
  • Cheers!


Reduce the sugar and calories in this cocktail by substituting club soda for the tonic water.
Leftover rhubarb syrup will keep in the fridge for up to 7 days.


Serving: 1gCalories: 141kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 34mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 9.7mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword gin & tonic, gin cocktail, ginger, rhubarb, rhubarb cocktail
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Rhubarb G&T


Rhubarb Gin & Tonic Cocktail

46 thoughts on “Rhubarb Gin & Tonic Cocktail

  1. I almost passed this one by because I thought that it would need a juicer
    But I am going to keep the recipe

    1. Hi Dina, rhubarb is such a great ingredient, isn’t it? I always try to do something different with it at this time of year. I hope you enjoy. Cheers!

  2. This sounds like such a refreshing summer drink! I always see the most gorgeous rhubarb at our local farmer’s market but never know what to make with it. I’ll definitely have to pick some up next time we’re there and give this a try!

  3. I love the flavor of rhubarb but never through of putting it in a cocktail! This looks so refreshing – the perfect summer drink!

  4. What a refreshing cocktail! I love that you used rhubarb, a nice twist to a traditional drink. Love it!

  5. I absolutely love this amped up G&T! It just adds a little something extra. It’s colorful, seasonal, and so so refreshing!

  6. Such a pretty colour and definitely a fun summer sipper! I’m new to rhubarb, but have enjoyed baking with it. Looking forward to trying it in cocktails!

    1. Hi Leanne, Rhubarb is such a fun ingredient for baking! We just have so much in our garden that we keep looking for creative ways to use it, and this cocktail is amazing!

  7. What a perfect way to use up all that summer rhubarb!! And my husband LOVES gin and tonics. Can’t wait to make a batch of these and enjoy them on the deck this weekend!

  8. I love when rhubarb season rolls around. I’ve made vodka recipes with rhubarb but never gin. What have I been thinking? This rhubarb gin and tonic looks not only delicious but I bet it’s very refreshing!!

  9. This is an interesting way to use rhubarb. I think this would make a great drink at a BBQ party. It certainly would be a conversation piece.

  10. A refreshing, delicious, seasonal cocktail, this is! We get excited when we first see rhubarb coming up from the Winter, and this is a great way to use it!

  11. Looks very refreshing! Great way to use a vegetable. Will be a hit at the 4th of July barbecue. Pinned

  12. I adore rhubarb! This looks like such a refreshing cocktail and I can’t wait to try it out this weekend!

  13. What a great idea! I made rhubarb simple syrup last year for rhubarb ice cream floats, but I don’t know why I never thought to use it in gin and tonics, too. My husband will love these!

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