Rhubarb Fizz

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Cocktail History

The Rhubarb Fizz is a simple sparkling wine cocktail that was created at Fitzbillies in Cambridge, England and was included in a 2013 issue of Saveur, an online food, wine, and travel magazine. It calls for a dry bubbly with a unique homemade simple syrup that uses ginger beer as a base and is flavored with rhubarb, cardamom, and vanilla.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Sparkling Wine: This is the base spirit. We went with Champagne Moutard Père & Fils Brut Prestige because the recipe called for a brut champagne and this is one of our new favorites. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Gruvi Non-Alcoholic Prosecco in place of the sparkling wine.

Rhubarb Syrup: This is a sweetener that adds rhubarb and ginger flavor. We made ours at home using the recipe included in the magazine.

Tasting Notes

The Rhubarb Fizz features aromas of wine with just a hint of tartness, and it has a taste that begins with the syrup’s slight ginger spice that flows into the tart flavors of rhubarb combined with an effervescent feeling in the nose to complement the flavor of the dry sparkling wine.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We both enjoyed this recipe for the same reasons: it incorporates rhubarb flavor into something other than dessert and it’s balanced even without citrus. Find the syrup recipe on our blog so you too can spice up any sparkling wine-worthy event you’re planning this spring.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“Though the rhubarb syrup the recipe called for required a full pound and a half of the plant in order to yield one half cup of syrup, we ended up paring ours down a bit since we were fairly limited on our rhubarb pickings. Despite its two ingredients, the drink still ended up tasting delicious with the wine’s classic dry-white and effervescent flavors punctuated by the sweetness and very slight spiciness of the syrup.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I expected this drink to mostly taste like the sparkling wine since the flavored syrup was the only other ingredient, but it really does make a difference. And since the syrup is made with ginger beer as its base, there’s a definite spice that lingers in the mouth. I would drink this again, especially when rhubarb is plentiful at the market and I want to make the most of it without having to find food recipes.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from an issue of Saveur magazine.

AuthorSaveur MagazinePrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 4 oz Sparkling Wine

Method
1

Add rhubarb ginger beer syrup to a chilled champagne flute.

2

Top with sparkling wine.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 4 oz Sparkling Wine

Directions

Method
1

Add rhubarb ginger beer syrup to a chilled champagne flute.

2

Top with sparkling wine.

Rhubarb Fizz

Make It a Mocktail: Use Gruvi Non-Alcoholic Prosecco in place of the sparkling wine to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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More Spring Cocktails

If you like this spring cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Mountaintop Meadow Cocktail Recipe

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Final Say Cocktail Recipe

Final Say: A gin cocktail made with maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, lime juice, and a lime twist

Tequila Honeysuckle Cocktail Recipe

Tequila Honeysuckle: A tequila cocktail made with honey syrup, lime juice, and a lime slice

The Cherry Blossom Cocktail Recipe

The Cherry Blossom: A sake and gin cocktail made with maraschino liqueur, grenadine, triple sec, lemon juice, and a cherry

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