Strawberry-Rhubarb Cocktail

Springtime is in full bloom and that means strawberry and rhubarb in endless wonderful, beautiful combinations. I’ve got a pie coming your way soon, but today I could use a cocktail. Rhubarb is hard to come by in Israel, so when I saw some at the market I snatched it right up and began contemplating the various ways I could put this tart stalk to good use. It’s a low-alcohol, easy-drinking, warm weather cocktail that goes down easy. It’s sweet and tart, but not in a way that will give you a headache (I don’t like overly sweet drinks), and has lots of brightness from the strawberry and lime juices. Don’t worry if you don’t have rhubarb bitters, although they add a nice herbal element and provide an extra layer of rhubarb. Seltzer finishes the drink and gives it that nice effervescence that I reach for in the warmer months.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Cocktail

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Cocktail
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There are a few components involved in making this cocktail, but the rhubarb simple syrup makes enough for a number of cocktails, so do the work once and reap the rewards for weeks to come.
Recipe Type: Drink
Yield: 2 cocktails
Strawberry-Rhubarb Cocktail
  • 1 ounce white rum
  • 2 ounces strawberry nectar (recipe below)
  • 1 ounce rhubarb simple syrup (recipe below)
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  • Seltzer
  • 4 dashes rhubarb bitters
  • 2 strawberries for garnish
Rhubarb Simple Syrup (makes 200 ml, or about ¾ cup)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup peeled and chopped rhubarb
  • Strawberry Nectar (Makes ½ cup)
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
Strawberry Nectar
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
For the Strawberry-Rhubarb Cocktail
  1. Put the rum, strawberry nectar, simple syrup, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice.
  2. Shake vigorously.
  3. Pour into two cocktail glasses.
  4. Top with seltzer. Put 2 dashes of rhubarb bitters in each cocktail and garnish each with a strawberry.
  5. Serve immediately.
For the Rhubarb Simple Syrup
  1. Put the sugar, water, and rhubarb in a small pot and simmer over low heat for 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and allow to cool (this will allow the rhubarb to steep further).
  3. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, pressing on the solids.
  4. Set aside the solids for another use (this is essentially rhubarb compote and is great on yogurt!). Put the rhubarb simple syrup in a clean glass jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
For the Strawberry Nectar
  1. Put the strawberries in a food processor and process until liquefied.
  2. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, pressing on solids.
  3. Set aside the solids for another use (this is essentially strawberry compote and is great on yogurt!). Put the strawberry nectar in a clean glass jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Gluten free, Parve, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Cocktail


59 thoughts on “Strawberry-Rhubarb Cocktail

      • Jess

        You know what’s also awesome? Making your own rhubarb-infused liquor. My old roommate made a bunch of rhubarb-vodka one year after our friend brought home a ton of it from her parents’ farm. With some muddled strawberries and simple syrup, it made for a delicious cocktail.

  1. Yael

    Oh how I love strawberrie and even more,rhuabarb! And I am quite happy it has a rather long season here;compared with Finland,where the season is very short.I especilly love tart rhubarb with youghurt:)

  2. Cecilia G

    serve immediately and drink immediately, this is fantastic! and i have both strawberries and rhubarb in the garden.. tho we may need to wait a bit for the strawberries!! perfick.. c

  3. kitchenriffs

    Oh, strawberry & rhubarb in a cocktail! Great idea. Sounds delicious. Love the top photo (but then, I’m a sucker for black backgrounds). Nice post – thanks.

  4. Sissi

    What a wonderful cocktail! I will certainly make it one day. I have also planned posting soon something with rhubarb. I have been buying tons of it for the last weeks! I love rhubarb.

  5. mjskit

    I can never get enough rhubarb in the spring. I love the idea of making rhubarb simply syrup and then this wonderful cocktail! Tasty, tasty drink!

  6. Terra

    I am so excited to be caught up on all your posts! Rhubarb is my favorite, I adore strawberry and rhubarb combination. Your drink sounds sooooooo delicious:-) Hugs, Terra

  7. Joanne

    I’ve been pretty addicted to rhubarb lately but have yet to try it in a drink! This looks so refreshing. The perfect spring cocktail!

  8. Carolyn Jung

    I didn’t even know they made rhubarb bitters. But then again, with so many bitters on the market these days, I shouldn’t be surprised. A pretty cocktail to kick your shoes off with at the end of the day.

    • Katherine

      Yes! Fee Brothers makes rhubarb bitters and they’re wonderful! There really are so many kinds out there these days. Thanks Carolyn!

  9. Hannah

    I love this cocktail! Strawberry and rhubarb marvelous together. I’m intrigued by the rhubarb bitters and will look for it – always fun to have a shopping mission!

    • Katherine

      Thanks Hannah! The rhubarb bitters are fun and add a nice touch at the end. They’re probably available on Amazon if not a local liquor store. Fee Brothers makes them.

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