While making the strawberry rhubarb compote recently, I thought I was pretty clever. For whichever use I had intended for the deliciously sweet fruit mixture – I’ve tried making it in so many ways recently, I’ve lost track – I found myself with way too much liquid. Both the strawberries and rhubarb give off a ton of their flavor this way when cooking. So I drained off the excess and thought – why not use it to sweeten a beverage? Because really, it’s pretty much a flavored simple syrup but with mostly natural fruit sugar.

I looked to my meager bar supply and thought gin would be a good pairing. And it was. I enjoy a good gin and tonic in the warm months and this addition was excellent. Though I wasn’t the only one with this thought. NPR just featured a rhubarb cocktail – except, to their error, without the strawberry aspect. Other sites offered similar ideas as well, but I didn’t see any where they were also utilizing the cooked fruit. As long as you’re not straining out every ounce of moisture from the compote – and how much you drain is dependent on your intended use – you’ve got yourself one great drink for nothing.  You can thank me later.

A Strawberry Rhubarb Beverage

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Skip the gin for a non-alcoholic, yet still delicious version. Or use fresh lemonade in place of the water.


  • 2 ounces drained syrup from the Strawberry rhubarb compote
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 6 ounces tonic water or club soda
  • Lime quarters
  • Strawberries (for garnish)


  1. In a tall glass, combine the syrup, gin and ice. Squeeze in some lime juice then stir everything together. Garnish with a strawberry.