These rhubarb cocktails will make your next spring shindig a guaranteed success! Whoever says rhubarb is only for compotes and pies has yet to try these awesome aperitifs.
In my circle of friends and relatives, rhubarb is an incredibly overlooked vegetable.
And rhubarb cocktails? Forget about it! Most people I know wouldn’t even consider trying them.
That’s actually what inspired me to write this article. I’m a huge fan of rhubarb cocktails. They usually feature bright colors and an even brighter taste.
Rhubarb is tart, bordering on outright sour. It gives cocktails the perfect zingy kick and doesn’t make them too sweet.
I love a tart mixed drink. Super sugary sweet just isn’t my thing. If you feel the same way, these 13 rhubarb cocktails are perfect for you.
1. Refreshing Rhubarb Cocktail with Tequila and Lime
This lovely cocktail is as tasty as it is pretty.
It features the bold, zesty flavors of rhubarb, lime, and citrus. It’s tart and tangy with just enough sugar to make it enjoyable.
I prefer to make it with gin, but some swear tequila is the way to go. Either way, it’s a brisk, refreshing drink that’s perfect for spring or summer.
2. Rhubarb Lemon Fizz
This perfectly pink mixed drink looks like pink lemonade. However, it’s much fizzier and a little tarter, as well.
It’s an easy cocktail to whip up. You’ll need vodka, rhubarb simple syrup, and lemon juice. Finally, top it with your choice of club soda or sparkling wine.
It’s a zingy, fizzy, tickle-your-nose drink with a delicate appearance. The flavor is anything but delicate, though. It’s bright and a little bit sour. Everyone will love it.
You can even get the kids in on the fun with this one. Make a tray of non-alcoholic versions by leaving out the vodka and wine.
3. Rhubarb Bourbon Sour
This somewhat sweet, mostly sour cocktail puts a spin on the traditional bourbon sour. It features a rich bourbon base and lighter notes of lemon and rhubarb.
It’s a unique, alcohol-forward drink that’ll warm your belly while cooling you down.
Its distinctly sour flavor isn’t for everyone. However, give it a try if you’re looking for something unique and flavorful.
4. Rhubarb Gin and Tonic
Want to give your gin and tonic a blast of color? How about a dazzlingly tart taste?
Add some rhubarb simple syrup! That small addition provides the drink with a beautiful red color.
It also gives it a tart flavor that’s hard not to love. These drinks take about an hour to make if you’re making the simple syrup from scratch.
If you already have the syrup ready, you can whip them up in no time. Either way, they’re a pleasure to drink and well worth the effort.
5. Rhubarb Daiquiri
There’s nothing better on a hot summer’s day than a cold, semi-frozen daiquiri. This pink, slushy delight is tart, tangy, and perfect for the pool.
The fresh lemon and lime juice give it a delightfully bright taste. They complement the rhubarb spectacularly.
Of all the drinks on this list, this one is one I enjoy sweeter. I use a bit more sugar than what the recipe requires. (Not a lot more, maybe just an extra tablespoon or so.)
It makes this drink irresistible and impossible to put down.
6. Rhubarb Pie Cocktail
Don’t let the ‘pie’ part of this recipe’s name fool you. It’s not super sugary sweet. Instead, it’s just as tart and refreshing as every other drink here.
It’s also pink, bubbly, and elegant. Serve these cocktails (or mocktails) for any formal gathering you have. People will love them.
Fortunately, they’re also easy to make, so they’re ideal for everyday drinks, too.
7. Rhubarb Martini
I know I keep talking about how lovely these drinks are. I sound like a broken record, but I can’t help myself. Rhubarb simple syrup produces such a gorgeous color.
This sweet-n-tangy martini is cold, frosty, and delicious. Plus, its attractive hue makes everyone want a second look. (Once they taste it, they’ll want a second sip, too.)
8. Rhubarb Rose Sangria
Note to self: Don’t talk about how beautiful this drink is. Don’t talk about how beautiful this drink is. Don’t talk about how beautiful this drink is.
Ahhh!! I know! I know! But look at it!
The delicate, pale pink color. The vibrant red strawberries and striking green limes and leaves.
You could turn a picture of this drink into a painting, and people would adore it.
It’s a sweetly tart drink that looks like a work of art. And it’s full of boozy, alcohol-soaked fruit. The basil and mint leaves are more than just decorative, too.
They add an earthy freshness that complements the other flavors well.
9. Rhubarb Margaritas
This citrusy, rhubarby margarita is a real step up from your typical margarita. Don’t get me wrong; I love margaritas, but I love these margaritas more.
They’re tart, flavorful, and refreshing. If you’re looking for a new summer favorite, these could be just the thing.
10. Rhubarb Mojito
I’m 100% a mojito person. It’s usually my favorite go-to drink. Sometimes, I like to jazz them up. However, I rarely find a variation that’s better than the original.
This lovely lavender-colored drink isn’t necessarily better than a regular mojito.
Still, it’s incredible and at least just as good. It’s minty, zesty, and reasonably strong.
You won’t find many people who don’t appreciate it.
11. Strawberry Rhubarb Mimosa
Do you enjoy the light sweetness of mimosas but wish they had a little more oomph? Try these strawberry rhubarb mimosas instead.
They contain everything you love about strawberry mimosas. However, the tart addition of rhubarb gives them more of a kick.
Still not sold on them yet? Then how about this: they’re pretty good for you. I know that seems crazy, but it’s also true.
These are loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C. Of course, too much of anything is never a good thing.
But if you’re going to imbibe, why not get some vitamins while you’re at it?
12. Rhubarb Bellini with Prosecco
These pretty pink bellinis are wonderful. They’re light and refreshing, pretty much the best spring cocktail you could drink.
They’re sweet but not overly sugary, tart but not outright sour. They have just the right amount of everything to satisfy everyone, no matter their tastes.
So, do you like sweet, but your partner likes tangy? No problem. These will satisfy you both.
13. Rhubarb Spritz
This four-ingredient drink has a brilliant orange color and a taste to match. It puts a rhubarb twist on the classic Aperol Spritz.
It’s a drier, crisper drink than the original. Even so, it tastes phenomenal. It’s fizzy, citrusy, and a tiny bit bitter. You can whip it up in no time.
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