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
Rhubarb G&T Cocktail

Inspiration for a Rhubarb G&T Cocktail

A classic Gin & Tonic, or G&T, is just Gin, Tonic, and Lime. The Gin, with it’s 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..

Rhubarb Gin & Tonic Cocktail
Rhubarb G&T

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
Rhubarb Gin & Tonic Cocktail

Gin Botanicals

There are  an amazing variety of different botanicals that may be included in gin. And everyone 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

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 it’s 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
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 a 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!

Rhubarb Gin & Tonic Cocktail
Rhubarb G&T

How To Make a Rhubarb Gin & Tonic

5 from 19 votes
Rhubarb Gin & Tonic Cocktail
Rhubarb Gin & Tonic
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Cooling time for syrup
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr

Rhubarb adds a refreshing tartness to a classic G & T

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Cocktails
Keyword: gin & tonic, gin cocktail, ginger, rhubarb, rhubarb cocktail
Servings: 2
Calories: 141 kcal
Author: Colleen
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
  1. In a sauce pan, combine rhubarb, sugar, and water.

  2. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes

  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely

  4. Strain syrup through a sieve, discarding fruit solids, or saving for another use

Rhubarb Gin & Tonic
  1. Fill two chilled highball glasses half full with ice.

  2. Add 2 oz gin to each glass

    Add 1/2 lime juice to each glass

  3. Add rhubarb syrup to each glass

  4. Top up each glass with chilled tonic water

  5. Garnish with lime wedges and or slices

  6. Cheers!

Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
Rhubarb Gin & Tonic
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 141 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 34mg1%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 9.7mg12%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Gin & Tonic Cocktail with Rhubarb
Rhubarb G&T


Rhubarb Gin & Tonic Cocktail

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42 thoughts on “Rhubarb Gin & Tonic Cocktail

  1. 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!

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

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!

  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. 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!

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

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

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

  12. 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!

    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!

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