Rhubarb-Basil Shrub Cocktails

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Rhubarb-Basil Shrub CocktailsRecipe

Photo: Christopher Testani; Styling: Kaitlyn Duross

Rhubarb and basil offer sweet and earthy notes to this elegant cocktail. Garnish this lavish glass with a fresh basil leaf for a sophisticated presentation, and is yet another reason to start an herb garden this year! 

Serves 14 (serving size: about 1/2 cup)


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1 pound frozen rhubarb, thawed
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil, packed
6 ounces red wine vinegar
21 ounces gin
14 ounces club soda
3 1/2 ounces fresh lemon juice
14 lemon rind twists
Fresh basil leaves (optional)


Hands-on: 15 Minutes
Total: 27 Hours, 15 Minutes

1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well and mashing fruit with the back of a wooden spoon to release juices. Cover tightly, and refrigerate 24 hours. Stir in vinegar. Cover tightly, and refrigerate 3 hours. Stir well, and strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing gently on solids. Discard solids.

2. To prepare each cocktail, combine 1 1/2 ounces gin, 1 ounce vinegar mixture, 1 ounce club soda, and 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice in an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously 30 seconds; strain into a Collins glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and fresh basil leaves, if desired.

Created date

January 2016

Nutritional Information

Calories 151
Fat 0.1 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 0.0 g
Carbohydrate 13 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 0.0 mg
Sodium 8 mg
Calcium 68 mg
Sugars 11 g
Est. Added Sugars 11 g