The rhube martini is a fascinating cocktail that you won't want to miss. It does take a little work, but once you get the taste of tequila, strawberry, and fresh rhubarb soda, you'll know that your efforts paid off. Don't keep the rhube's unique taste to yourself, either! Mix it up for friends at any spring or summer party.
This recipe is adapted from one created by Alan Katz and is an ideal way to celebrate the spring rhubarb harvest. You'll need the fresh stalks (frozen will do) to make a rhubarb syrup, which is then blended with club soda to create a homemade rhubarb soda. Fantastic on its own, adding your new creation to a blend of reposado tequila and strawberry liqueur really puts it to good use.
- For Rhubarb Soda:
- 6 cups rhubarb stalks (chopped)
- 1 1/2 cup sugar (white granulated)
- 1 cup water
- 20 ounces club soda
- For the Cocktail:
- 1 1/2 ounces tequila (Gran Centenario Reposado)
- 1/2 ounce strawberry liqueur
- 1/2 ounce lime juice (fresh)
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1 ounce rhubarb soda
- Garnish: fanned strawberry slices
Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this cocktail is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and assembly.
Make the Rhubarb Soda
Gather the ingredients.
In a large saucepan, bring the water to a boil.
Add the chopped rhubarb stalks and sugar, stirring until all of the sugar is dissolved.
Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from the heat and strain the rhubarb from the syrup. Once cool, bottle it and store in the refrigerator for up to one week. Makes about 20 ounces.
To make rhubarb soda, combine equal parts of the rhubarb syrup with chilled club soda or seltzer.
Make the Rhube Martini
In a cocktail shaker with ice, pour the tequila, strawberry liqueur, lime juice, and simple syrup.
Top with rhubarb soda and garnish with a fanned strawberry.
Serve and enjoy!
- There are a number of tasty strawberry liqueurs on the market to explore. Look for the flavor from brands like Bols, Drillaud, and Fragoli. Stay away from strawberry cream liqueurs, though, as they're not a good fit for this particular drink.
- To cut a strawberry fan, rinse a strawberry and remove the green stem. Slice it into four or five even slices. Keep the pieces stacked together until you're ready to garnish the drink, then simply slide the slices apart to fan them out.
- Transform this martini into a tall, refreshing mixed drink if you like. Strain it into an ice-filled collins glass (or an old-fashioned for a shorter drink), then top it with as much rhubarb soda as you like.