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Fennel Rhubarb Gin Spritz in a clear glass with a wedge of lime and stalk of rhubarb

Fennel Rhubarb Gin Spritz

This drink is incredibly refreshing. Light with a little bit of a kick from gin. You do have to make a rhubarb purée first, so plan accordingly.

Course: Beverage, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Makes: 1 serving
Calories: 541 kcal
Author: Susan Chatzky


Rhubarb Purée:

  • 1 medium (about 115 grams) stalk of rhubarb, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup (99 g) sugar 
  • ½ cup (120 ml) water


  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) gin (I like Hendrick’s)
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 4 ounces (1/4 cup/60 ml) of sparkling water
  • Lime wedge
  • Optional: fennel fronds or a slice of rhubarb stalk for serving


  1. For the Rhubarb Purée: Combine rhubarb, sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat and cook until mixture is pink and slightly syrupy, about 12 to15 minutes. Let cool, then transfer to a blender and purée until smooth (you should have about ½ cup (120 ml) rhubarb purée), you can keep it in your fridge in an airtight container for a few weeks.
  2. For Assembly: In the bottom of a high-ball glass, muddle the fennel seeds with the gin. Add 2 tablespoons of rhubarb purée. Top off with the sparkling water. Add ice, garnish, and serve.



  • Some rhubarb is very green when ripe, some is pink and some is deep red. That can all have great flavor, but pink and red varieties will give you a better look.
Nutrition Facts
Fennel Rhubarb Gin Spritz
Amount Per Serving
Calories 541 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 8mg0%
Carbohydrates 122g41%
Sugar 119g132%
Protein 1g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.