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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About 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 thoughts on “The Jubarb {a gin and rhubarb cocktail}

  1. 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. :)

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

    1. 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!! ;)

  6. 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

    1. 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!!! ;)

  7. 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?

    1. 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!! ;)

  8. 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

    1. 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 :)

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

    1. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

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

    1. 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

  13. 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.

    1. 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 ;)

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