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champagne pouring into a glass of sparkling rhubarb shrub

Rhubarb Shrub and Cocktail

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  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 25 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This Rhubarb Shrub Recipe is a perfect way to celebrate spring flavors. Made with just a few simple ingredients, it is a fresh, tart, and bright addition to many drinks (alcoholic or non).


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For shrub base:

  • 4 cups sliced rhubarb, from 3-4 large stalks (500 grams)
  • 1 1/2 cups organic cane sugar (300 grams)
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt (1.15 grams)
  • Optional add-ins: 1 sprig mint, 1 sprig lavender, 1 TBS grated ginger
  • 1 1/4 cups apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar (287.5 grams)

For cocktail option (makes two):

  • 1 oz rhubarb shrub
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 sprig mint to garnish

For mocktail option:

  • 1 oz rhubarb shrub
  • 4 oz flavored sparkling or soda water of choice
  • 1 sprig mint to garnish


  1. Combine sliced rhubarb with sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add in optional additional flavoring component. Pour into a large, sealable container, like a jar.
  2. Seal the jar and let sit at room temperature for an hour or two. You will see the liquid from the rhubarb begin to collect in the jar (pictured above). Place the jar in the fridge overnight.
  3. Twenty four hours later, add vinegar to the jar, seal, and shake to combine. Let sit at room temperature for a couple more hours.
  4. Strain rhubarb pieces out of jar and store shrub liquid in a sealable container. It will last for a few weeks in the fridge!
  5. To make a cocktail or mocktail, combine remaining ingredients in an ice-filler shaker and strain into a chilled glass
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Waiting time: 25 hours
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 ounce shrub
  • Calories: 110 calories
  • Sugar: 25 grams
  • Sodium: 52 milligrams
  • Fat: 0.1 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 0 grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 grams
  • Trans Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 27 grams
  • Fiber: 0 grams
  • Protein: 0.4 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams