Strawberry-Rhubarb Shrub Cocktail

This strawberry-rhubarb honey shrub cocktail celebrates the arrival of spring with a tangy, refreshing gin cooler. The sweet-and-sour flavors of fresh strawberries and rhubarb are enhanced by honey in a quick-cooked shrub syrup.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Shrub Cocktail
Photo: Amy Traynor
Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


Strawberry-Rhubarb Shrub Syrup

  • ½ cup honey

  • ½ cup cider vinegar

  • 1 cup chopped strawberries

  • 1 cup chopped rhubarb


  • 1 ½ ounces gin

  • 4 ounces cold sparkling water

  • Whole strawberry, rhubarb ribbon (see Tip) and/or fresh basil leaves for garnish


  1. To prepare shrub syrup: Combine honey and vinegar in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until the honey dissolves. Add strawberries and rhubarb; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer; cook, stirring frequently, until the fruit begins to break down, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for about 15 minutes.

  2. Pour the cooled syrup through a fine-mesh strainer; discard solids. You will have about 1 cup of syrup; refrigerate any extra in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

  3. To prepare cocktail: Fill a highball glass with ice. Add gin and 1 ounce of the shrub syrup; stir to chill. Top with sparkling water and stir gently to combine. Garnish with a strawberry, rhubarb ribbon and/or basil leaves, if desired.

To make ahead

Refrigerate leftover syrup in an airtight container for up to 1 month.


To make a rhubarb ribbon for garnish, use a vegetable peeler to take a long strip off a rhubarb stalk.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

181 Calories
20g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Serving Size 1 cocktail
Calories 181
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Total Sugars 19g
Vitamin A 18IU 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Potassium 98mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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