The Jubarb {a gin and rhubarb cocktail}

What could be better, in the heat of midsummer than a gin and rhubarb cocktail? Recently we made some homemade cordial with the rhubarb that we grow in our veggie patch. It’s a lovely alternative to pies and crumbles and a fabulous way of using the endless supply of rosy tinged stalks, that we seem to find ourselves with, over the summer months.

Super easy to make — and even easier to drink — the bottles don’t seem to last very long at all.

The cordial is tart, refreshing and perfect with sparkling water on a hot day.

However…

As a die-hard gin lover, it struck me that this would also make a VERY good accompaniment to my favourite tipple.

So with a little trial and error my gin and rhubarb cocktail — AKA ‘The Jubarb’ — was born!

The Jubarb {A gin and rhubarb cocktail}

A gin and rhubarb cocktail

Here is the recipe.

  • Crushed ice
  • 50ml gin — I used Bombay Sapphire
  • 50ml homemade rhubarb cordial — find the recipe here
  • Soda water (or if you’re feeling really decadent you can forego the water and top up with sparkling wine. We used Prosecco and it was heavenly)

The method could not be simpler.

Half fill a pretty glass with crushed ice (you can sugar the rim first, if you want to make it look extra special, but this is optional).

Add your gin,  followed by an equal  measure of rhubarb cordial.

Top up with soda water — give it a stir — and serve.

A gin and rhubarb cocktail

A gin and rhubarb cocktail

A gin and rhubarb cocktail

a gin and rhubarb cocktail

Gin-tastic!

We had supper with our neighbours, the day that we devised our gin and rhubarb cocktail and — even though one of our neighbours is generally not keen on gin — it was a really big hit!

I think we can say that The Jubarb is a resounding success.

It also helps when you serve a cocktail in beautiful glasses and the ones I used were from one of my favourite online homes and interiors retailers — Rose and Grey.

I was asked to compete in another of their fantastic styling challenge recently — remember the one I did back in March for the gorgeous jam jar vases?  Well this was along the same lines, this time using their cocktail gift boxes.

These sweet little sets contain everything you need for cocktails à deux. Glasses, straws, coasters, and stirrers — even little paper parasols — great for summer drinks parties and perfect for my gin and rhubarb cocktail.

Do you have a favourite cocktail — or have you ever created one of your own? I’d love to hear what it is :)

I was asked to join in with Rose & Grey’s styling challenge and was kindly sent a Margarita Cocktail Gift Set, to complete my task. You can buy the set — plus lots of other lovely products — from their website. Pop along and have a look www.roseandgrey.co.uk

All photos, thoughts and words are my own.

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Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

54 Comments

  1. 7th July 2015 / 9:38 pm

    Oh my goodness I need to drink this!! It looks amazing! I also love gin – and rhubarb! What a fab cocktail! Invite me round for dinner and feed these to me?! Please!! Jess x

    • 8th July 2015 / 9:35 am

      Haha!! Yay! Let’s do it :) A Jubarb meet up! Brilliant :) Gosh — they really are nice too and part of your 5 a day ;)

  2. 7th July 2015 / 10:46 pm

    These sound lovely and they are presented so well, dreamy photos and dreamy glasses/accessories!

  3. 7th July 2015 / 11:09 pm

    I saw the pictures of these on Instagram and had to pop over to see how to make them. They do sound easy but I am probably teasing myself that I will make them! Maybe I could make the cordial and then try it! Maybe.

    • 8th July 2015 / 9:39 am

      I promise you — it’s SO easy!!! The cordial took about 10 minutes to make — then 10 to cool down in the fridge. It’s beyond simple and the cocktails are DELICIOUS!!! They should come with a warning though ;)

    • 8th July 2015 / 10:00 am

      It’s fantastic. Not sure why we never thought of making the rhubarb into cordial before to be honest!! I can see LOTS of cocktail making sessions on the horizon! ;) Just been over to visit ‘Hugo’ — sounds amazing!! x

  4. Ellie Mulligan
    8th July 2015 / 6:18 am

    Gin lover through and through here !!!! Love these, and just love your photography too! Your so talented! #HomeEtc xxx

    • 8th July 2015 / 9:57 am

      Aaah that’s such a lovely thing to say — thanks so much Ellie! I’m still learning, so that’s such a compliment xx

  5. 8th July 2015 / 7:21 am

    I’m not a massive gin or rhubarb fan but that cocktail sounds delicious so I might just have to try it!

    I think my favourite cocktail would have to a Long Island Iced Tea. I just find it to be very refreshing to drink.

    Whenever I watch Mad Men I always want to try one of those ‘classic’ cocktails they always seem to be drinking – especially an Old Fashioned, it sounds like such a ‘grown up’ cocktail! Xxx

    • 8th July 2015 / 9:56 am

      It’s funny isn’t it? I totally get where you’re coming from with the MAD Men reference!! I LOVE that eras too — SO glamorous! x

  6. 8th July 2015 / 9:36 am

    Well this is a new one I’ve not seen before on a blog. I like the glasses and the little flamingos. Being a non alcohol drinker myself I’ll have to go google some fab non- alcoholic cocktails! This does remind me of my hen party though! lol we had such fun making cocktails in the lounge! ha ha!

    angela xx

    • 8th July 2015 / 9:53 am

      Aaah just take out the gin and add sparking water — I promise you — it’s still absolutely delicious!! xx

  7. 8th July 2015 / 10:09 am

    I’m not a drinker but the homemade rhubarb cordial sounds divine! #HomeEtc

    • 8th July 2015 / 12:06 pm

      It’s SO good Rebecca — it really is!!! Am going to be making another batch on the weekend! It goes too fast!! :)

  8. 8th July 2015 / 12:19 pm

    I have never actually tried Gin…. but this looks lovely, and I love the photos you have set them up so well. x

    • 8th July 2015 / 4:30 pm

      What???? Never tried gin???? I can’t believe it! That’s like saying you’ve never tried Coca-Cola!! ;) Aaah Caroline — you’re missing out! Gin is my life-staple – it even gets a mention in my Twitter biog! If you do try it — make sure it’s with rhubarb cordial! It’s a delicious combination! x

  9. 8th July 2015 / 7:52 pm

    Beautiful photos, Caro. I just can’t get to grips with rhubarb. I’ve tried and tried again but nope. Maybe mixing copious amounts of gin with would help though ;)

    • 9th July 2015 / 11:40 am

      Aaah thanks Rachel! STILL trying to get to grips with the camera — one of the days I’ll actually understand how to work it properly — so that’s a lovely compliment!

      Rhubarb is a funny one — I’m not 100% keen on the texture but I LOVE the taste!!! The cordial is a winner for me — even BETTER with gin :)

  10. 8th July 2015 / 8:07 pm

    These look so good! I love the glasses and super cute umbrellas and parasols, a must for cocktails. I’m not a big gin-lover but even I’d give these a try. I love a good mojito in the summer, always best served in a lovely cocktail glass too :) xx

    • 9th July 2015 / 11:41 am

      Ooh I LOVE a Mojito!! That’s our festival drink of choice — we always take a sack of limes and make them in Dolly!! :) The glasses and accessories are really lovely aren’t they? xx

  11. 8th July 2015 / 8:14 pm

    Ooh, that looks amazing. I have to say we never bother with proper cocktails – G&T with ice and a slice is about as fancy as I get! Love the styling too – can you save me one?

    • 9th July 2015 / 11:45 am

      Aaah I’m a sucker for a pretty glass!! My boy has always had a thing about Champagne coupes — rather than flutes — so that was his Christmas present last year!! It always tastes nicer when it’s served in a lovely glass!! ;)

  12. 8th July 2015 / 9:28 pm

    Caro it looks so yummy, oooh I really want to try one and your photos are just beautiful x

    • 9th July 2015 / 11:46 am

      Thanks so much lovely! Maybe we should organise a cocktail get together?! Jubarbs all round ;)

  13. 8th July 2015 / 9:33 pm

    Being a Yorkshire girl I love rhubarb and I love gin, oh and I am called Jules so eh Jubarb is my ideal drink! Beautiful styling and glasses too. x

    • 9th July 2015 / 11:48 am

      There we go!! Your perfect drink — even bears your name!! xx

      PS — Your middle name’s not Barbara is it??! ;)

  14. 8th July 2015 / 9:41 pm

    Yummmm! I am also not usually a big gin lover but I think I could be turned for one of these! x

    • 9th July 2015 / 2:10 pm

      Aaah gin is my staple Poppy!!! I can’t get enough of the stuff!! But my neighbour said he couldn’t even taste it in the Jubarbs we made :) Note to self: must add more next time!!! ;)

  15. 8th July 2015 / 10:21 pm

    Wow your photos are amazing. Really good presented that I ‘m dying to get one now LOL I like the whole kit. So pretty. xx #sharewithme

    • 9th July 2015 / 1:58 pm

      Thanks so much lovely! The kits are amazing aren’t they?! They’d make even the plainest drink look glamorous! :)

  16. 8th July 2015 / 10:50 pm

    Ohh this sounds right up my street and I love the name ‘Jubarb’.

    I’d really like to start growing rubarb as I love a good rubarb crumble… but I think the Jubarb could be even better. :)

    Thanks for hosting #HomeEtc xx

    • 9th July 2015 / 1:56 pm

      Aaah thanks so much lovely!! DO IT Jen!! Go and get some rhubarb in your garden! Perfect for puddings, cordials and cocktails ;)

  17. 8th July 2015 / 11:18 pm

    I love the name Jubarb haha! How great do your photos look, very professional :-) I especially love the flamingo stirrers! #HomeEtc
    Sabrina xx

    • 9th July 2015 / 1:55 pm

      Aaah I LOVE the flamingo stirrers too Sabrina!! They’re definitely my favourite thing!! Thanks so much for your lovely comment re the photography too :)

    • 9th July 2015 / 1:53 pm

      Thanks so much pet! That means a lot coming from you!! I’m just getting to grips with the camera — I art directed for 15 years so the way I want something to look comes really naturally — however getting to that point is another matter entirely!! ;)

  18. 9th July 2015 / 7:50 pm

    What a great use for Rhubarb, of which I have plenty growing in my garden. Although I’d have to swap the gin for vodka ;)

    Love the glasses and the straws!

    #HomeEtc

    • 10th July 2015 / 12:11 pm

      Aaah make the cordial Angela!! It’s SO good — honestly, I’m chuffed to bots with it!! And, it works just as well with vodka!! ;) I *might* have tried that too :)

  19. 9th July 2015 / 10:07 pm

    Oh you had me at GIN! Beautiful – and love those little umbrellas too. We had a very expensive rhubarb/gin cocktail at Bob Bob Ricard’s in Soho (well probably more than one I can’t remember) and it was lovely… I’ll be round, get some ice chilling !! x

    • 10th July 2015 / 12:03 pm

      Aaah a fellow gin lover!! I LOVE the stuff — amazing that you had a gin and rhubarb cocktail at a swanky bar! I wonder what they called theirs??! ;)

  20. 9th July 2015 / 11:15 pm

    Right Caro, next time we meet up, you NEED to make this. Promise? It’s sounds awesome!! Great styling too, loving the glasses and cocktail umbrellas xx

    • 10th July 2015 / 11:26 am

      Definitely! Maybe we should have another blogger meet up in the autumn? ;) I can be the mixologist?! ;)

  21. Mrs Puddleducky
    10th July 2015 / 8:20 pm

    Now this is my sort of drink!! I’m a fellow gin drinker and we also grow rhubarb at our allotment! So there’s no reason why I shouldn’t, huh?! And with the prosecco ultra special too! Fab idea and perfect for summer evenings :) x

    • 10th July 2015 / 10:35 pm

      Aaah it’s the most FANTASTIC way to us the rhubarb up!!! And so easy too — it only tales 10 minutes to make. Super simple and amazing with gin!!! ;) xx

  22. 13th July 2015 / 2:37 am

    I absolutely love Rose & Grey home decor. I could browse their website for hours and my wishlist is longer than any from them. Love this set and you have styled it beautifully. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • 13th July 2015 / 9:42 am

      Aaah me too Jenny — I absolutely LOVE their site. There are some beautiful things to look at — my wish list is as long as my arm!! :)

  23. 13th July 2015 / 5:49 pm

    I’m not one for Gin, maybe it’s the tonic I don’t like, but this sounds lovely it might tempt me to try it. I’d love you to add this to my #SundaySweets linky :)

    • 13th July 2015 / 7:38 pm

      Aaah Toni! This is SO delicious!! I highly, highly recommend!! Yes! Will definitely link yo next week — if I remember :) xx

  24. 20th July 2015 / 11:28 pm

    The styling of all these pictures is stunning. And that cocktail looks amazing. The Jubarb sounds wonderful and would be the perfect tipple for a sunny evening with friends. I would probably end up drinking it like fruit juice though and get very tipsy. Oops. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • 21st July 2015 / 1:39 pm

      Aaah thanks so much lovely!!! :) I’m so getting into my photography!!! It reminds me of being at work, when I was an art director!! Only this time, I’m stylist AND photographer!! :)

  25. 6th March 2017 / 1:52 pm

    Love how beautiful this website is. Anyway will defiantly be trying this gin recipe, when the weather gets a bit warmer. Thanks for the Tips. :)

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