Rhubarb Cocktail

Rhubarb Sour Recipe

This is a Rhubarb Cocktail made with gin and a homemade rhubarb cordial. The recipe was developed spur of the moment for an event. I had been working with some rhubarb cordial and nothing was really working. Finally at the last minute I just went with a classic gin sour. I used the rhubarb cordial. Shook it up with egg white and served it in a tall glass. People loved it. I tend to overthink things sometimes.

Description of the Item

  • Style of Drink – Sour
  • Glass – Tall highball glass
  • Ice – small cubes or pebble ice
  • Shaken with egg white

Rhubarb Cocktail Flavor

  • Tart

Rhubarb is one of those flavors that changes when you cook it. Raw it is bitter, bright and bracing. You start a chain of chemical reactions when you cook rhubarb. Rhubarb transforms with heat. The flavor becomes warmer and richer.

The egg white gives this cocktail a nice frothy texture. Keep in mind that egg whites have a drying effect on cocktails. You will want to add a little sugar to keep a good round mouth feel.

You can use any London Dry Gin in this drink. I prefer a higher proof gin if it is available.

Rhubarb Cocktail


  • 2 oz London Dry Gin
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz rhubarb caordial


  1. Pour everything into a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously for ten to fifteen seconds.
  3. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice.
  4. Garnish with a strawberry.

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