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Rhubarb Mint Syrup+Cocktail Recipe

rhubarb mint syrup and cocktail recipe

What better combination than two plants that seem to “take off” on their own and are ready for harvest early in spring? Simple to whip up, keeps a long time in your fridge, or you could make a larger batch and can it for prolonged enjoyment!

As for the cocktail…I’m the first to tell you I’m not a technical mixologist. I prefer this with gin…it plays on the botanical notes and works great, but dont buy cheap gin. Try to jump up a price point (for us, cheap gin is $25-$30/26 oz bottle, try the $35-$40 range) or try another alcohol. Cheap gin is best used for cleaning toilets (I kid, but it tastes like it…) For gin we like Ungava, a Northern Quebec made gin. Alternatively, White Rum, Spiced Rum and Whiskey all work. Like I said…not technical. Our favourite Whiskey, Forty Creek, is one of the cheapest we can buy, yet its a delightful whiskey. Your best bet is to ask for a suggestion at a local liquor store if you dont know.

Normally I’d use ice cubes but this day I was out, and chose not to let that stop me, but instead show you how to make yourself a cocktail without ice!

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Rhubarb and Mint Syrup

When two plants ripen at the same time, early in spring, its a winning combination to enjoy them together!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Drinks
Servings: 3 cups


  • 4 cups roughly chopped rhubarb fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh mint, approx 6 inches long each


  • Mix rhubarb, sugar and water in a pot on medium heat.
  • Simmer until rhubarb "falls apart", about 15 minutes.
  • Take off heat, push fresh mint down into the sauce, let cool until you can handle, about 30 minutes.
  • Strain the syrup using a sieve or thin tea towel.
  • Store in fridge.


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Rhubarb Gin Cocktail

In reality you can use most any hard liquor you want, gin, rum or whiskey being my choices
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 serving


  • 2 oz rhubarb syrup (see below for recipe)
  • 1-2 oz Gin, Rum or Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz lemon or lime juice optional
  • a few ice cubes OR larger frozen fruit like whole strawberries/peach slices
  • soda water, to fill your jar


  • In a pint jar, pour gin, rhubarb syrup, lemon/lime and ice/frozen fruit. Screw a liquid tight lid on and shake well.
  • Fill jar up with soda water, give a stir, and enjoy!


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Honey Sweetened Lemonade (5 minutes, so quick to make!)


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