Rhubarb is an intensely complex and bitter set of flavors. It works well in a broad range of cocktail recipes. Gin and rhubarb are a perfect pairing. The gimlet is a great format for this rhubarb cocktail recipe. It is a minimalist drink that delivers on flavor.

This recipe appear in the Cocktail Monkey Guide to Summer Cocktails.

Rhubarb Cocktail Recipe - Rhubarb Gimlet
Rhubarb Cocktail Recipe

Rhubarb Gimlet

Rhubarb Cocktail Recipe

Author Jay Jordan


  • 1 ½ oz. London Dry gin
  • ½ oz. rhubarb cordial
  • 1 grapefruit twist to garnish


  1. Combine gin and cordial in shaker filled with ice. 

  2. Shake to combine. 

  3. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. 

  4. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

Rhubarb Cordial

This rhubarb cordial will work in a number of rhubarb cocktails. 

Author Jay Jordan


  • 1 pound trimmed fresh rhubarb
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 pound granulated sugar


  1. Dice the rhubarb.
  2. Place sugar and water in a saucepan.
  3. Bring the sugar and water to a simmer.
  4. Add the rhubarb and cook over medium heat until the rhubarb begins to break down.
  5. Gently mash the cooked rhubarb to break the veins and release the flavors.
  6. Mix the cooked rhubarb in a blender.
  7. Strain and funnel in a bottle.
  8. Store in the fridge.

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