Rhubasil – A Vodka Cocktail

Rhubarb and basil, fresh out of our garden into a cocktail!



One of our favorite things about the early season farmer’s markets are the fresh herbs and wonderfully tart fresh rhubarb. This past week we brought home a nice batch of rhubarb that we used to make a delicious strawberry and rhubarb tart.  We had a few stalks left over and not wanting to waste the fresh produce, we decided to make a rhubarb syrup that we could use in some cocktails.



This rhubarb vodka cocktail uses the rhubarb simple syrup which has a tart sweetness that paired well with the aromatic spiciness of the fresh basil.  A bit of sparkling soda water gives the cocktail a nice effervescence making this drink very refreshing.



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Rhubasil Cocktail

Serving Size: 1

Calories per serving: 261

Rhubasil Cocktail


    Rhubasil Cocktail
  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 3 oz Rhubarb simple syrup (recipe below)
  • Sparkling water or club soda
  • crushed ice
  • 2-3 basil leaves (more for garnish)
  • Rhubarb Simple Syrup
  • 1 stalk rhubarb, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • dash salt


    For the Cocktail
  1. Tear apart a few basil leaves and place in the bottom of the glass with the vodka.
  2. Muddle.
  3. Fill the glass with ice, top with the rhubarb syrup and sparkling water.
  4. Garnish with basil.
  5. For the Rhubarb Simple Syrup
  6. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.
  7. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  8. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool, then strain out the rhubarb and then place in a storage bottle or jar. Store in the fridge.



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14 thoughts on “Rhubasil – A Vodka Cocktail

  1. I love this because it’s so different. I’d never think to create something like this. I can’t wait to try it and it’s perfect for summer!

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