For a gorgeous twist on a classic, try my Rhubarb Gin and Tonic! Homemade rhubarb syrup is swirled with good gin and bubbly tonic water for a refreshing, pretty in pink cocktail.
Easy Rhubarb Gin & Tonic
If you love a classic gin and tonic you might want to give this beautifully hued rhubarb and tonic a go. It’s beyond easy to make and is so unique and pretty. All you need is a generous spoonful of homemade rhubarb-honey syrup stirred into a glass of iced gin, and finish it with tonic water. The details on how to make said rhubarb-honey syrup are below.
Were rhubarb and gin made for each other? It’s possible. The two flavors complement each other so well: the slightly floral taste of the gin is balanced by a touch of sweetness from the honey in the syrup and the rhubarb’s, well, rhubarbness. And it’s pink! Oh, sweet spring and summer, you deserve a drink such as this – refreshing, light, sweetly perfumed, and with just a hint of a blush.
Of course, you needn’t only use gin here. Feel free to sip away on sparkling water dosed with a dollop of rhubarb syrup – it’s just as delicious.
Why You’ll Love This Rhubarb Gin and Tonic
If you love a gin and tonic, you will probably also love a rhubarb gin and tonic! Here are a few reasons to make this recipe:
- So pretty. Yes, I admit it – I love the way this recipe looks! I can’t help it, the pink rhubarb syrup is utterly gorgeous especially when it’s served in a tall glass.
- Unique. It’s not often you find rhubarb in a cocktail. I love how unique and special this drink is.
- A great twist on a classic. A proper g&t is simple and refreshing and needs only three ingredients. This takes the simple classic recipe and updates it with honey-rhubarb syrup for extra flavor and color.
Ingredients for Rhubarb Gin and Tonic
Make sure to check the recipe card for the full ingredient amounts and instructions.
- Rhubarb: Choose firm, not bendy rhubarb.
- Honey: You can substitute granulated sugar for the honey.
- Water: To make the simple syrup.
- Gin: Use a good-quality gin if you can.
- Tonic: Or substitute club soda.
How to Make a Rhubarb G&T
- Make the rhubarb syrup: In a saucepan over moderately high heat, bring the rhubarb, honey or sugar, and water to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes until the rhubarb is softened. Strain the mixture, mashing rhubarb to extract as much liquid from it as possible. Allow it to cool, then transfer it to a jar. Store in the fridge for up to three weeks.
- Make the drink: Add ice to a tall glass. Pour in the gin, then stir in the rhubarb syrup and the tonic. Stir to combine. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.
A rhubarb gin and tonic is a wonderful afternoon drink, but it would be lovely as a brunch cocktail as well. Serve it as a pick-me-up or add little nibbles like a cheese plate, a bowl of crunchy toasted nuts, chips, or crackers and hummus.
Store the rhubarb syrup in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to three weeks.
Rhubarb Gin and Tonic
For the Rhubarb Syrup
- 4 stalks rhubarb
- 1 cup honey or sugar
For the Rhubarb Gin and Tonic
- 2 ounces gin
- 6 ounces tonic
- 2 tablespoons rhubarb syrup
- lime wedges
Make the Rhubarb Syrup
- In a saucepan over moderately high heat, bring rhubarb, honey or sugar, and water to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes until rhubarb is softened. Strain the mixture, mashing rhubarb to extract as much liquid from it as possible. Allow to cool, and transfer to a jar. Store in the fridge for up to three weeks.
Make the Rhubarb Gin and Tonic
- Add ice to a tall glass. Pour in the gin, then stir in the rhubarb syrup and the tonic. Stir to combine. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.