Strawberry Rhubarb Smash
Sweet rhubarb syrup, strawberry and fresh mint combine with bourbon for a delicious spring-appropriate cocktail. Get the recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Smash ». Ganda Suthivarakom

Jenny Lee-Adrian, who adapted this cocktail from one served at the NYC restaurant Little Giant, describes the combination of strawberry, rhubarb, and bourbon as “spring in a glass.”

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Cocktail recipe for a refreshing summer smash flavored with bourbon, lemon juice and rhubarb simple syrup.
Yield: makes 1 Cocktail

For the Rhubarb Simple Syrup

  • 4 stalks rhubarb
  • 12 vanilla bean
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups sugar


  1. Wash rhubarb, trim the ends and cut into ½” pieces. Place the fruit and sugar in a 4-qt. pot and cover with 4 cups of water. Scrape the seeds of the vanilla bean into the pot and add the bean to the water. Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to a low simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Pour syrup into a bowl and cool in an ice water bath. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer.

For the Cocktail

  • 3 lemon wedges
  • 3-4 mint leaves
  • 1 oz. rhubarb simple syrup
  • 1 12 oz. bourbon
  • 1 12 oz. strawberries, washed and hulled
  • Sprig of mint for garnish
  • 1 strawberry for garnish


  1. Muddle the lemon, mint, strawberries and rhubarb simple syrup in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add ice and bourbon. Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a strawberry.