Rhubarb Whiskey Sour

April 18, 2017
1 Ratings
Photo by Emily Farris
  • Serves 1
Author Notes

After you try this, you may never be able to enjoy a traditional whiskey sour again. Rhubarb has a tart flavor, which makes it perfect for a cocktail syrup. —Emily Farris

What You'll Need
  • Rhubarb Syrup
  • 5-6 cups rhubarb, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch cardamom
  • Rhubarb Whiskey Sour
  • 1.5 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1.5 ounces lemon juice
  • 1 ounce rhubarb syrup
  • 1 white from a small egg (or ½ from a large)
  • 1 Maraschino cherry for garnish, optional
  1. Rhubarb Syrup
  2. Add the rhubarb, sugar, and water to a medium-size pot over medium to high heat, stirring occasionally. Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and add the vinegar, cinnamon and cardamom. Stir, then let the mixture simmer for at least 30 minutes, or up to an hour. The longer it simmers the more syrupy it will become.
  3. Strain into a bottle or mason jar and let it cool to room temperature, then seal and refrigerate. This will keep in the fridge for weeks. But you’ll probably use it all before that.
  1. Rhubarb Whiskey Sour
  2. Add the whiskey, lemon juice, rhubarb syrup, and egg white to a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry (or don’t, because they’re gross, but so pretty!) and enjoy.

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Emily is a writer, recipe developer, prop stylist, social media manager, potty mouth, and blogger. She lives in Kansas City, MO, with her husband, toddler son, and two rowdy dogs.

2 Reviews

Callan C. May 24, 2020
Very tasty! I love a good whiskey sour, and I had rhubarb on hand - if you make the syrup ahead of time, the cocktail comes together very quickly and easily.
Alex W. August 17, 2017
This looks amazing! As a big fan of a classic whisky sour this definitely worth my time cooking some rhubarb... thanks for sharing.