Beauty shot of Molly Yeh's Rhubarb Basil Shrub, as seen on Girl Meets Farm Season 12.
Recipe courtesy of Molly Yeh

Rhubarb Basil Shrub

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings (2 cups syrup)
Molly used to think she wasn’t a cocktail person because they’re usually too sweet, but then when she tasted a shrub for the first time, she couldn’t believe what she was missing. A shrub is just a sweet syrup made with vinegar. Adding the acidity balances out all that sugar and creates drinks with so much more character and personality. Molly’s version has rhubarb because you’re not Minnesotan if you don’t have rhubarb at all times in your freezer.



  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add the rhubarb, basil, sugar, water and vinegar. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Let cool and then strain.
  2. Add some ice into a serving glass. Pour in some carbonated water and the shrub, to taste. Garnish with fresh basil.