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How To Make Rhubarb Gin

I’m starting to make this Rhubarb Gin in preparation for Bee’s Knees Week later this month. If you aren’t familiar with it, Bee’s Knees Week was started by Caledonia Spirits, the makers of the renowned Barr Hill Gin and Vodka. This distillery, located here in Vermont, uses raw honey to distill it’s spirits. As bees play such a vital role in their process, Caledonia Spirits launched Bee’s Knees Week, to help save the bees and spread awareness of their important role in our food and drink system.

A bottle of Barr Hill Gin on a table with recipe ingredients to make Rhubarb Gin: fresh, rhubarb, sugar, and gin.

How Does Bee’s Knees Week Work?

How does Bee’s Knees Week work? During Bee’s Knees Week, Barr Hill will be planting 10 square feet of bee habitat for every Bee’s Knees cocktail shared on social. How amazing is that? Bars and restaurants across the country will be serving the Barr Hill Bee’s Knees cocktail and you can also make one at home. Just take a pic and share on social and you can help save the bees too.

A Bee’s Knees cocktail is a mix of gin, lemon, and honey. I am giving this a little twist by making a Rhubarb Gin to use. This is in part because the giant rhubarb plant here has had a new spurt of growth in the cooler end of summer weather. But also because, honey isn’t allowed on the Keto diet as it has too many carbs. So I am working on creating a Keto-friendly take on the Bee’s Knees cocktail.

Joanna chopping rhubarb on a cuting board, prepping to make rhubarb gin. Bowls of chopped rhubarb and sugar sit next to the chopping board.

But aren’t there too many carbs in a gin that is distilled from honey? The answer is no. I spoke with the team at Caledonia Spirits to get the nutritional information for their spirits. I knew that their gin has honey added after the distillation process, so I had my concerns. Barr Hill Gin has a little over 1 gram of carbs per ounce. So for a standard cocktail you are looking at 2-3 grams of carbs per drink (barring any additional ingredients.) The Barr Hill Vodka is distilled entirely from honey and none is added after the fact. The sugars from the honey are used in the distillation process so the vodka has no carbs. Cue the cheering! So let’s get to prepping…

Joanna prepping ingredients for the recipe.

How To Make Rhubarb Gin

Making this could not be easier. In a nutshell, you chop the rhubarb, mix it with sugar, let it sit overnight, then add the gin. This needs to steep for up to 4 weeks to infuse it with the rhubarb flavor, and color. I used an alternative sweetener instead of traditional sugar so that it did not add any carbs or calories to the gin.

A bowl filled with rhubarb tossed in sugar, waiting to steep overnight.

Once you have mixed the two together, it needs to sit overnight to let the rhubarb juices begin to seep out. I covered my bowl with Bee’s Wrap to store it. I love this product and use it all the time, and this couldn’t be a more fitting time. Bee’s Wrap is an all natural, sustainable alternative to plastic wrap. It is made from organic cotton coated in beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin. To use, just warm the wrap in you hands to soften, then press it down on the bowl. It conforms and then creates a seal on the bowl. Just wash and rinse to reuse them. Bee’s Wrap is another Vermont based business.

A bowl covered in Bee's Wrap

The Results

After about 4 weeks, the Rhubarb gin is ready. By now it has taken on a beautiful warm pinkish peach hue, a subtle rhubarb tang, and has a sweetness to it, It is delicious enjoyed as is on the rocks, or shaken with ice to serve up. If you make Rhubarb Gin, try my Rhubarb Bee’s Knees Cocktail (pictured below). Share one with me to help save the bees!

If you make this recipe be sure to leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you. And if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram, I’d love to see!

A cutting board with a coupé glass filled with a Rhubarb Bee's Knees cocktail.

How To Make: Rhubarb Gin



Adjust Servings
500 Grams Fresh Rhubarb
400 Milliliters Of Gin, I chose Barr Hill Gin
200 Grams Of Sugar Or Alternative Sweetener
Nutritional Information
1.1 Grams Net Carbs
0 Grams Protein
0 Grams Fat
64 Calories


Prepare the rhubarb.
Wash the rhubarb stalks and remove the ends and leaves, if applicable.
Mark as complete
Cut the rhubarb.
Cut the rhubarb stalks into 1 inch pieces. Put in a bowl.
Mark as complete
Toss with the sugar.
Add sugar to bowl and toss. Cover the bowl and leave out overnight to let sugar begin to draw the juices from the rhubarb. I used Bees Wrap to cover my bowl.
Mark as complete
Add the gin.
After at least 8 hours, add the gin to the bowl and stir to mix the gin with the rhubarb and sugar.
Mark as complete
Put in a container to store.
Add the gin and rhubarb mixture to a container to store. A large mason jar or wide-mouth glass bottle - just make sure you will be able to get the rhubarb out and wash the container again well.
Mark as complete
Set in a cool, dark place to steep for 3-4 weeks.
Make sure to not have the gin in direct sunlight or heat.
Mark as complete
Strain through a sieve into a bottle.
After 3-4 weeks, strain the gin through a sieve into a bottle to keep. (You can also use the gin directly from the jar.)
Mark as complete
Serving count is based upon a 1 Ounce serving.

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