Sparkling Strawberry Rhubarb Cocktail

Savor the first drops of summer with a sparkling strawberry rhubarb cocktail. This bubbly beverage has the most bright and inviting flavor! It’s no wonder strawberry and rhubarb are a match made in heaven!

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Sparkling Strawberry Rhubarb Cocktail recipe

It’s rhubarb season, so we’re making cocktails!

The first time I tried rhubarb was on my aunt and uncle’s farm when my aunt made me a rhubarb pie with fruit from her garden. I’ll never forget those first tastes of sweet-and-sour, tart-and-tangy flavors tucked inside a flaky pie crust. There is just nothing like a strawberry rhubarb pie in the early summer, if you ask me.

Often the filling for a strawberry rhubarb pie is made on the stove by stewing together the rhubarb stalks, strawberry slices, sugar and water to make a thick mixture. It’s then poured into a pie crust and topped with a lattice design before baking. I love it served with a layer of custard, whipped cream or plain vanilla ice cream.

For this sparkling homemade strawberry rhubarb cocktail, I drew upon the flavors of that very pie. By making a strawberry rhubarb simple syrup with that stewing process, you get a delicious syrup that you can top with bubbly champagne or prosecco for a stunning libation.

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A refreshing strawberry rhubarb cocktail garnished with mint, served in a tall glass, with cocktail-making tools and ingredients in the background.

Why you’ll love this recipe

While rhubarb is not necessarily the most wildly known and used, it is so easy to love once you try it! You’ll enjoy every last sip of this tart, sweet and fizzy drink:

  • The best part of this cocktail is that you can get a head start on the recipe ahead of a party. Then your guests can say cheers with a fresh and bubbly beverage that you didn’t have to spend the whole party making!
  • You can easily make this a non-alcoholic cocktail. Use sparkling grape juice or apple juice and you’ve got a bubbly and fun drink without all of the alcohol.
  • A strawberry rhubarb cocktail is delightfully refreshing and light. A great cocktail to serve at parties or sip by the pool on a hot summer day!

This delicious little cocktail has the most beautiful soft pink hue too, making it perfect for elegant parties.

Overhead view of a pink strawberry rhubarb cocktail garnished with mint and a strawberry slice, accompanied by cocktail-making tools on a white surface.

Tools & glassware 

I have made this drink in both champagne glasses and coupe glasses. Both will work, so use whichever cocktail glasses you want!

You will also need a large to medium saucepan to make the syrup, a wooden spoon, and a fine mesh sieve.

To make the cocktail, make sure you have a jigger to measure the syrup and a vegetable peeler to create the rhubarb ribbon garnish.

Ingredients for rhubarb syrup.

Ingredients

You will need a few simple ingredients to make a tart strawberry rhubarb cocktail. So take note of this list so that you have everything you need:

For the syrup:

  • fresh rhubarb
  • strawberries
  • sugar
  • water

For the cocktail:

  • strawberry rhubarb simple syrup
  • lemon juice
  • champagne or prosecco
  • strawberry, for garnish

Substitutions & variations

If you are unable to locate fresh rhubarb, you can use frozen! The same goes for strawberries — feel free to use frozen berries instead of fresh.

Add an extra tart bite to this drink with a little fresh lemon juice or fresh lime juice.

Unsure of what champagne or prosecco to use? Then check out my champagne 101 guide to find the best option for this cocktail.

Strawberry rhubarb syrup instructions

There are two separate steps to making this sweet cocktail. You’ll need to make the strawberry rhubarb syrup and then you can build the cocktail!

It’s essentially a cross between my strawberry syrup and rhubarb syrup. Follow these instructions to make this cocktail perfectly every time:

Sliced rhubarb in a pot.
A pot with cooked rhubarb in it.

Add rhubarb chunks, strawberries and water to a large saucepan. (There are no berries in this picture — it is good without them too!) Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently until the rhubarb has softened.

A person pouring liquid into a fine-mesh strainer.
Sugar is being poured into a bowl of pink liquid.

Place a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl and then pour the rhubarb mixture in to strain out the chunks. Add gentle pressure to ensure all of the liquid is drained out, then stir in the sugar until dissolved. Let it sit for about 30 minutes to cool.

Once cool, transfer the syrup to a glass jar. Then use immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to a month.

Leftover syrup? Use it in a mojito or margarita! There’s plenty of room for creativity.

Rhubarb cocktail instructions

Before making your cocktail, make the rhubarb ribbon as a garnish. I made this by running a vegetable peeler against a long piece of rhubarb stalk until I had some pretty, thin, evenly-sized ribbons. (Note: A ribbon of rhubarb may not work in a coupe glass.)

Strawberry rhubarb cocktail being poured into a tall glass against a white background.
Clear glass with a gold rim being filled with a strawberry rhubarb cocktail against a white background.

Add one ounce of strawberry rhubarb syrup into a champagne flute or coupe glass. Then top with lemon juice.

A clear, sparkling strawberry rhubarb cocktail is being poured from a green bottle into a tall glass, creating a frothy pink foam inside the glass against a white background.
A tall glass with a gold rim, half-filled with a strawberry rhubarb cocktail and topped with a layer of white foam, set against a white background.

Then top with bubbly champagne or your favorite prosecco. Place that ribbon-like garnish into the champagne glass and then serve and enjoy!

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A refreshing glass of strawberry rhubarb cocktail garnished with a fresh strawberry slice and mint leaves.

Food pairings

This bright and fruity cocktail goes well with so many different appetizers! Serve it with a charcuterie board or some delicious marinated cheese for a fun snack. Some caprese skewers or tasty bruschetta would be wonderful options for an elegant party.

For little bite sized sweet and savory apps, serve cranberry brie bites alongside this rhubarb cocktail.

If you don’t want to make an appetizer, then grab some shrimp cocktail at the grocery store. It’d go great with this beverage!

And of course, it’s great with a rhubarb dessert! Serve up some strawberry rhubarb pie or strawberry rhubarb crumb bars with vanilla ice cream.

rhubarb syrup next to a rhubarb cocktail.

Tips & tricks

Check out these basic tips and tricks so that your cocktail turns out 100% perfect:

  • Feel free to add more or less simple syrup depending on how sweet you like your cocktails to be. You can always add more later, so try not to use too much syrup right off the bat!
  • It is important to use a strainer made from fine mesh so that no solids from the cooked-down fruit escape into the syrup.
  • Don’t add the champagne until just before serving! This will ensure that the bubbles stay crisp and bright for each cocktail.

FAQ

Why do people mix strawberry and rhubarb?

Rhubarb has a very strong and tart flavor, so the sweet and fruity flavor of strawberries is great to pair with it! The sweetness of the strawberries help cut that acidic tang from rhubarb and make the most delicious and flavorful combination.

Is rhubarb a Midwest thing?

Rhubarb is a widely used choice for pies in the Midwest, but it is also popular in other regions of the United States!

Two refreshing strawberry rhubarb cocktails garnished with mint and lime slices, served in tall glasses against a white background.

Strawberries and rhubarb are nearing the end of their season, so head to the farmers’ market and hop on this cocktail soon. And if you have any leftover rhubarb after this recipe, then try my rhubarb sour!

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Two tall glasses of iced tea garnished with fresh strawberries, rhubarb, and mint leaves, accompanied by a gold spoon and a cocktail shaker on a white surface.

Sparkling Strawberry Rhubarb Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
You'll love this sweet summer cocktail using the much loved combination of strawberries and rhubarb!
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ingredients

Strawberry Rhubarb Simple Syrup

  • 8 stalks rhubarb washed and sliced into 1-inch pieces, leaves removed (about 2 cups)
  • 10-12 strawberries halved
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar

Cocktail

  • 1 ounce strawberry rhubarb simple syrup
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • 4-6 ounces champagne or prosecco
  • 1 slice strawberry for garnish

instructions

Strawberry rhubarb syrup

  • In a large saucepan, cover rhubarb chunks and strawberries with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently until the rhubarb has softened.
  • Place a fine-mesh sieve over a bowl. Add rhubarb-strawberry mixture and allow liquid to drain out. Add gentle pressure. Add the sugar to the warm mixture and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Transfer to a glass jar. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 month.

Sparkling strawberry rhubarb cocktail

  • Add syrup and lemon juice to glass. Top with bubbly champagne or prosecco.
  • Garnish with a rhubarb ribbon and sliced strawberry and serve.

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nutrition information

Yield: 1 cocktail

amount per serving:

Serving: 6ounces Calories: 188kcal Carbohydrates: 36g Protein: 1g Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0.03g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g Sodium: 26mg Potassium: 386mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 31g Vitamin A: 21IU Vitamin C: 103mg Calcium: 41mg Iron: 2mg
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  1. Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table says

    What a gorgeous drink! Love the fresh fruit flavors in here — pretty sure I’m gonna double up on that syrup and just add it to all my drinks! And maybe straight on top of some ice cream for dessert 🙂

  2. Marie says

    5 stars
    I think that the use of fresh strawberries in this recipe will make it a little more pleasant and fresh, since there will not be overdimensional sweets.

  3. Marie says

    5 stars
    I think that the use of fresh strawberries in this recipe will make it a little more pleasant and fresh, since there will not be overdimensional sweets.

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