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This 3 ingredient rhubarb gimlet is a perfectly simple cocktail that is both refreshing and pretty! Delight your guests with this easy summer drink.

rhubarb gimlet

My rhubarb plant is still producing its fruit like crazy and I’m loving it! I’ve frozen a few bags to use in the winter, since nothing makes me happier than a rhubarb crisp in the middle of winter!

While it’s going strong, I’m also harvesting a ton of it to make a delightful rhubarb simple syrup. I’ve used it in sangria and soda water and now I’m showing you how to use it for this super simple rhubarb gimlet!

Isn’t that pink color just so pretty!?

rhubarb gimlet

What is a gimlet?

You have most likely heard of a gin and tonic (helllllo G&T lovers). A gimlet is not far off from that! It’s traditionally a simple drink of gin with lime juice. Simple! Of all the hard alcohol out there, gin is one of my favorites to drink straight, on the rocks. And by drink I mean sip, usually a very small amount!! Add in a splash of lime, and you’ve got yourself a tasty gimlet.

I have just made it a little more interesting (and a little more work) by adding in a rhubarb simple syrup to the mix.

How do you make the rhubarb simple syrup?

Again, simple! You will want the syrup to be cool when you add it to the cocktail shaker, so I suggest preparing this syrup in advance.

In a small pot on the stove, combine together 1 cup of chopped rhubarb, 3/4 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar. Bring everything to a boil and then turn it down to a simmer for about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool down before straining the liquid from the cooked rhubarb into a jar.

You can keep the leftover cooked rhubarb or discard it. I like to keep it and add it to my oatmeal in the morning!

How do you make a rhubarb gimlet?

Now that you already know all of the components to the cocktail, the actual making of the gimlet is very easy!

In a cocktail shaker, combine:

  • 2 oz gin
  • 2 oz rhubarb simple syrup (cooled)
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • ice

Shake everything vigorously for about 30 seconds, then pour the mixture into 2 cocktail glasses.

rhubarb gimlet

Add a slice of lime or rhubarb curl, and serve!

Can you make this drink for a crowd?

You can absolutely make a pitcher of this and keep it chilled! Just multiply the ingredient amounts by 6 or 8. Keep the pitcher in the fridge until ready to serve.

Can you use frozen rhubarb for this recipe?

Yes, absolutely! Prepare the simple syrup as directed above, using rhubarb right from frozen in the pot. Since the frozen rhubarb will likely give off extra moisture, you may want to reduce the amount of water you add to the syrup mixture by 1/2.

Do you have to use gin for a rhubarb gimlet?

Gimlets are traditionally made with gin, but if that’s not your preferred alcohol, this drink would also be delicious with vodka or white rum substituted for the gin.


rhubarb gimlet
rhubarb gimlet

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rhubarb gimlet

Rhubarb Gimlet

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  • Author: Katherine | Love In My Oven
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cocktails 1x


This 3 ingredient rhubarb gimlet is a perfectly simple cocktail that is both refreshing and pretty! Delight your guests with this easy summer drink. 


  • 2 oz gin
  • 2 oz rhubarb simple syrup (below)
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • ice

Rhubarb Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup rhubarb, chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup water


  1. Prepare the simple syrup. In a small pot on the stove over medium heat, combine together the chopped rhubarb, sugar and water. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, turn the heat off and allow it to cool for 5 minutes, before straining the liquid out of the pot and into a heat-safe container. Set aside to cool.
  2. Make the cocktail. In a cocktail shaker, add the gin, simple syrup and lime juice, followed by a few cubes of ice. Close the shaker and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. Pour the mixture into 2 cocktail glasses, then top off with a slice of lime or rhubarb curl. Serve immediately!
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: cocktails
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: american
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  1. We finally have warm summer weather here and I’m looking forward to trying some new summer cocktails this weekend. This one looks fun and refreshing Katherine! Now, I just need to get my hands on some rhubarb!

    1. Yes for summer cocktails and warm weather! I’m so ready for it! I wish I could gift you some rhubarb, I have so much of it!!

  2. I am not too familiar with gin (I just don’t love hard alcohol). But I’ve been on a cocktail-making kick lately, and believe me or not we got a bottle of gin last weekend for my experiments! We still have some left. Unfortunately, rhubarb isn’t doing too well in our backyard (So jealous!), but there’s still some frozen from last year which I need to utilize anyway. I mean, it looks like a cocktail party continues! 🙂

    1. Ooh I hope you do end up experimenting with the frozen rhubarb, I always have some in the freezer for these purposes. Hopefully the gin serves you well!!

  3. This refreshing cocktail is calling my name, Katherine! I think that rhubarb and herbaceous gin are made for each other!

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE gimlets and yes to Rhubarb simple! It has such fantastic flavor… and a reminder to make more! But I’ve never tried a rhubarb gimlet, and I’m a gin fan through and through. Thank you for this… love it!

    1. I just discovered the gimlet and now it is definitely a favorite of mine! It’s so refreshing! Thank you Traci – I bet you would love this rhubarb version!! Cheers!

  5. Sooooo into football championship this year ( European ). Greta to have instead of beer !!!!!!!!!