Strawberry Rhubarb Summer Cocktail Recipe

Last Updated on May 18, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster

This easy summer cocktail recipe has been sponsored by Prairie Organic Spirits but all opinions expressed here are my own.

If you are looking for summer cocktails,  you need to think about what flavors are in season before you start looking for recipes.  In my mind, winter cocktails are heavier and often cream based.  When I think about simple summer cocktails I usually think light, refreshing, and often fizzy!  A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post all about how to infuse vodka with different flavors.  I decided to create a summer cocktail based on flavors that I always associate with summer: strawberry and rhubarb!

Strawberry Rhubarb Cocktail in a glass with a stalk of rhubarb in it

What Can You Do With Rhubarb?

I grew up in New England, where rhubarb grows like a weed.  Here in the south, it is actually considered a bit of an ‘exotic’ plant to grow in the garden due to the hotter temperatures.  I discovered that as long as I planted the rhubarb in the shade in a slightly damp area of my yard then the rhubarb would thrive, even in the heat of summer. 

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I pick it frequently and combined with a few strawberries, it was a delicious flavor addition to my summer cocktail recipe.  However, if you are looking for other rhubarb recipes, check out my Apple Rhubarb Crisp Recipe or my Strawberry Rhubarb Milkshake Recipe.  Both of those are delicious rhubarb desserts that are perfect for summer. 

strawberry and rhubarb in a pan next to a container of sugar with text overlay 'strawberry rhubarb syrup recipe'

Making Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup

Instead of using a simple syrup to sweeten this summer cocktail, I made a strawberry rhubarb syrup.  The idea is very similar.  Combine the sugar, water and fruit in a pan and let simmer for 4 or 5  minutes.  Mash it up a bit with a potato masher once it gets a bit soft.  Then, take it off the heat.  Once it has cooled, strain the strawberry rhubarb syrup into a glass jar with a lid. 

Easy Summer Cocktail Recipe

This syrup will be used to sweeten the summer cocktail.  It adds a lovely color, flavor and sweetness to your drink.  If you have children at your summer get together, this syrup in a bit of ginger ale can serve as a ‘mocktail’ for the under 21 crowd!

mason jar of strawberry and fresh rhubarb with a bottle of vodka next to it and text overlay 'Strawberry Rhubarb infused vodka'


How to make this strawberry rhubarb cocktail recipe

In order to infuse the vodka, you will need about 1 cup of fruit.  I used 1/2 cup of rhubarb and a 1/2 cup of strawberries (approximately) and let it infuse for about 48 hours.   Just pack the mason jar with the fruit and fill to the top with vodka.  Put on the lid and set it aside (away from sun and heat). I was sent an organic vodka from Prairie Organic Spirits to try out in this recipe. 

This organic vodka is hand crafted from corn grow organically from three small family farms in the heart of Minnesota.  They offer not only traditional vodka but also a cucumber vodka and a handcrafted gin.  If you are a fan of infused vodkas, you should definitely check out this brand for your next batch!

Easy Summer Cocktail Recipe Final

Strawberry Rhubarb Summer Cocktail Recipe

Looking for an easy Strawberry rhubarb summer cocktail recipe? This refreshing drink is the perfect seasonal cocktail for summer .  Once you have the infused vodka and strawberry rhubarb syrup, this easy cocktail can be mixed up in minutes!

Yield: 6

Strawberry Rhubarb Cocktail Recipe

Strawberry Rhubarb Cocktail in a glass with a stalk of rhubarb in it

A refreshing and light cocktail perfect for summer

Prep Time 2 days
Total Time 2 days


  • For the vodka infusion:
  • 1/2 cup chopped rhubarb
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, dehulled and sliced
  • approximately 1 1/2 cups vodka (enough to fill the mason jar)
  • For the strawberry Rhubarb Syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • up to 1 cup sugar (more or less, depending on taste)
  • 1 1/2 cups rhubarb, chopped
  • 1/2 cups strawberries, dehulled and sliced
  • For serving:
  • Ginger ale and rhubarb stalks (optional)


  1. To make the vodka infusion: In a mason jar with lid, combine fruit and vodka. Seal lid and place out of direct sunlight. Let infusion sit for up to 3 days, shaking gently a few times a day.
  2. To make the strawberry rhubarb syrup: Combine sugar, water, rhubarb and strawberries in a medium sized pot. Heat over medium heat until boiling. Reduce to simmer and cook 3 to 4 minutes. Mash gently with potato masher. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain into a glass jar with lid, pressing solids to remove as much liquid as possible. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
  3. For the strawberry rhubarb cocktail recipe: For each drink, combine 2 ounces infused vodka with one ounce of strawberry rhubarb syrup. Pour over crushed ice and add a splash of ginger ale. Stir with rhubarb stalk or spoon and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 389Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 44mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 2gSugar: 46gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information not always accurate


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  1. Diane, this looks just delicious and refreshing. You do not see many cocktails with rhubarb in them. Great recipe!
  2. My mom would love this. She loves rhubarb.
  3. I remember having strawberry rhubarb pie in the summer. Never thought about it as a drink. Sounds delish!
    • Strawberry Rhubarb is my favorite pie! Hoping mom makes it for me when I go to VT to visit this summer!
  4. Oh yummy! THis looks so delicious and refreshing!

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