This strawberry rhubarb gin and tonic cocktail is just in time for summer. It tastes like a gin and tonic and a strawberry rhubarb mule had a baby. And OH BABY, is it tasty! It’s the perfect drink no matter the occasion. Whether you’re sipping a cocktail by the pool or hosting a girls night in, this is your new go-to cocktail. It’s so delicious, you’ll want to make it all summer long. There are two key ingredients in this strawberry rhubarb gin and tonic cocktail – the Edinburg rhubarb & ginger gin and the homemade strawberry syrup – that makes this a stand-out cocktail! The ginger in the gin is what gives it that classic mule flavor and the strawberry syrup makes this perfectly sweet.
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Strawberry Rhubarb Gin and Tonic Cocktail
Homemade Strawberry Syrup
- 1 cup strawberries
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup water
For the Cocktail
- 2 ounce Edinburgh rhubarb & ginger gin
- 1 ounce strawberry syrup
- ¼ lemon, juiced
- tonic water
Homemade Strawberry Syrup
- Clean strawberries and slice off the tops. Discard tops and slice each strawberry in half.
- Combine strawberries, sugar and water in a sauce pan and simmer over medium heat. Stir occasionally until sugar is dissolved and mixture is fragrant (approximately 20 minutes).
- Strain strawberries from the liquid over a mesh strainer into a glass measuring cup. Discard strawberries.
- Allow the syrup to cool completely.
- Combine gin, strawberry syrup, lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice
- Pour in a cocktail glass over ice
- Top with tonic
- Garnish with strawberry hearts or whole strawberries on the rim (optional)
HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY HEART GARNISH
I love a fancy garnish! It just adds a little something *extra* to a cocktail and there’s something about it that feels so special. This heart garnish is surprisingly easy to make, too! All you need are some heart cookie cutters and cocktail picks. Simply clean strawberries and slice in half, discarding the tops. Using your cookie cutter, cut into desired shape (hearts in this case) and add to cocktail pick. Then add to your cocktail glass. I like the look of three strawberries on one pick, but feel free to choose what you like best.
DO YOU REALLY NEED TO MAKE THE HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY SYRUP?
Yes, you do. I do love a shortcut, but now is not the time. In this case, homemade really is best. Give it a try! It’s perfectly sweet and adds an incredible amount of delicious flavor to any cocktail you put it in.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU MAKE WITH HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY SYRUP?
Homemade strawberry syrup can be used in so many different cocktail variations! Add it to a classic cocktail such as a vodka soda or as extra flavoring in your favorite margarita recipe. You can also add this to coffee or tea if you enjoy flavored lattes or Starbuck copycat style drinks.
WHAT ARE SOME MUST HAVE COCKTAIL ESSENTIALS?
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get good quality cocktail essentials. For this cocktail, you will definitely want a cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer, and a fun glass. This affordable cocktail set comes with a little bit of everything you’ll need and would make a great gift!
Hosting soon? You may also enjoy this post on table decor and centerpiece ideas! Although I wrote it with Mother’s Day in mind, the concepts and ideas featured in the post work perfectly for almost any time of year.
If you try this strawberry rhubarb gin and tonic cocktail, let me know! I’d love to hear from you. Thank you for reading and see ya on the next post!
-The Chic(ish) Chick
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