Strawberry-Rhubarb Gin & Tonic

Posted on Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Strawberry-Rhubarb Gin & Tonic

After close to a month of traveling here and there, I’m playing catch up with spring. All of a sudden, I got a serious craving for rhubarb. As usual, our rhubarb is slow, slow, slow. When I went to my favorite grocery store, the produce clerk got me all riled up by telling me I was showing up at the tail end of rhubarb season. Fortunately, there was still a modest supply of rhubarb there, so I loaded up. I had two rhubarb simple syrups I HAD TO make. The first was a combo of strawberry, rhubarb, ginger and nutmeg. The second was rhubarb and honey. I am thrilled with how both of them turned out. This Strawberry-Rhubarb Gin & Tonic is enhanced with the Strawberry-Rhubarb Syrup. Lots of added lime juice, keeps it from being an overly sweet cocktail. It is killer good. Here’s what I did.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Gin & Tonic

Strawberry-Rhubarb Syrup

  • 3 cups diced rhubarb
  • 3 cups strawberries, hulled and cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons chopped ginger root
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups organic cane sugar
  • 1/4+ teaspoon grated nutmeg

Put everything in a large pot, and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Keep at a gentle simmer for 20 – 30 minutes. Let cool. Strain through a sieve into a clean bottle. Save the fruit in your strainer to enjoy as is, mixed with yogurt, or added to a future recipe. Store syrup and cooked fruit in your fridge.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Gin & Tonic

  • 3 ounces gin
  • 2 ounces Strawberry-Rhubarb Syrup
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • big splash of tonic water
  • couple dashes of lime bitter – Scrappy’s is tiptop

In a tall serving glass, place the above ingredients, and give a good stir. Add ice, tonic water and lime bitters. Garnish with a fresh strawberry or a small lime wedge.

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