Ginger Rhubarb Bee's Knees Cocktail

A zingy and refreshing gin cocktail.
Prep: 40 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 drinks.
Author: The Bojon Gourmet

Ingredients

Honey Rhubarb Syrup (makes about 1 1/2 cups syrup; enough for 8 drinks)

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup mild-flavored honey, (6 ounces by weight)
  • 2 cups rhubarb, sliced 1/2" thick (on the diagonal, if you like), (8 ounces by weight)

For each cocktail:

  • 2 (1/4" thick)slices of fresh ginger root
  • 3 tablespoons honey rhubarb syrup (from above)
  • 3 tablespoons gin (such as No. 209 or Hendrick's)
  • 1 tablespoon strained fresh lemon juice
  • 4 drops bergamot or blood orange bitters (optional)
  • ice

Instructions

Make the syrup:

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the water, honey and sliced rhubarb. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, tilting the pan gently once in a while to dissolve the honey. When the mixture reaches a simmer, immediately turn off the heat, cover, and let steep for 30 minutes.
  • Gently strain the mixture into a heatproof bowl. Reserve the rhubarb for another use. Let cool to room temperature, then chill the syrup until cold. (If you're in a hurry, place the bowl in an ice bath and stir until cold.) The syrup will keep, refrigerated, for at least a week.

Make the cocktail:

  • In a glass or measuring cup, mash the ginger with a muddling stick to break it up and extract the juice (a wooden spoon will work in place of a muddler). Add the syrup, gin, and lemon juice, stir well, then strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a cocktail shaker filled partway with ice, pressing on the ginger to extract all the good stuff. (A pint-sized mason jar with a lid works well in place of a cocktail shaker.) Add the bitters, if using. Shake the drink vigorously for 30 seconds, then strain into a smallish glass and enjoy.

Notes

Inspired by Carey's Thyme and Pear Bee's Knees.
Save the rhubarb from the syrup for eating with yogurt and granola, or for topping a panna cotta or tart.
Variation: Honey, Rhubarb, and Ginger Gin Tonic
Strain the ginger/lemon/syrup/gin mixture into a glass over ice. Add a squeeze of lime juice, and throw the lime wedge into the glass, too. Top with sparkling water and 4 drops of Angostura bitters in place of the bergamot/blood orange bitters. Stir and enjoy.
Nutritional values are based on one of eight drinks.

Nutrition

Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 62g | Vitamin A: 0.6% | Vitamin C: 10.1% | Calcium: 3.5% | Iron: 12.9%
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