Recipe: Kite Tail Cider Cocktail With Rhubarb Simple Syrup

Pucker up with this rhubarb concoction

April is Homegrown Month at Tasting Table.

This low spirit cocktail is the perfect refresher to leap into spring. If you can, pick a dry white cider that will add a tart, slightly grassy finish to the drink. And for the freshest cocktail, always use the freshest produce. (Could there be a better motivation to grow your own garden?)

For more rhubarb recipes, read "Playing the Stalk Market."

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Kite Tail
5 from 37 ratings
Spring into the season with this tart rhubarb cocktail.
Prep Time
Cook Time
Total time: 20 minutes
  • For the Rhubarb Simple Syrup
  • 2 cups rhubarb, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • For the Cocktail
  • 4 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1 ounce bourbon
  • ¾ ounce rhubarb simple syrup
  • Ice
  • 1 ounce dry white cider
  1. Make the rhubarb simple syrup: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the rhubarb, water and sugar. Simmer until the rhubarb is soft and the mixture begins to thicken, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Strain the syrup, pressing down on the solids to extract all the juices. Discard the solids.
  2. Make the cocktail: In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves and the lemon wedge. Add the bourbon and rhubarb syrup. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into a coupe glass and top with the cider. Garnish with a mint leaf. And serve.
Calories per Serving 581
Total Fat 0.6 g
Saturated Fat 0.1 g
Trans Fat 0.0
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 130.5 g
Dietary Fiber 4.7 g
Total Sugars 121.0 g
Sodium 29.3 mg
Protein 2.3 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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