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Rhubarb-Basil Shrub Cocktails

Photo: Christopher Testani; Styling: Kaitlyn Duross

Hands-on time 15 mins
Total time 27 hrs, 15 mins
Yield

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

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! 

Ingredients

  • 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)

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  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.