Rhubarb Moonshine Smash

Is it okay if we drink a little moonshine and forget our troubles?


Granted, my only ‘troubles’ are the weather went from snow to 90-degrees too quickly, and the fact that weekends only last 2 days.  But, troubles are troubles, and moonshine soothes all.

Is there a pink drink that doesn’t brighten your day?


A ‘smash’ is an easy drink to make:  you smash fresh fruit in the bottom of a jar with a sprinkle of sugar, herbs if you like, and top with your alcohol of choice.  For this rhubarb smash, I muddled fresh rhubarb and strawberries with sugar and lime.  I think herbs overpower the raw rhubarb, so I left them out.

If you ask me which moonshine is the best, I’ll tell you to drive to Tennessee and buy Popcorn Sutton’s moonshine.  I’ve tasted a lot of ‘shine in my day, and Popcorn Sutton really knew what he was doing.  His moonshine is smooth.  Yes, smooth!  Most other moonshines taste like rubbing alcohol (sorry it’s true).  So, that said, use moonshine if you like it and you live in Tennessee, if not, vodka works great here.



Drink up!  Rhubarb season is short!

Rhubarb Moonshine Smash
Makes 2 drinks
  • 2 6"-long stalks of rhubarb, about the thickness of your thumb
  • 2 strawberries, hulled
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 4 shots moonshine (or vodka)
  1. First, dice the rhubarb into small ½" chunks. Slice the strawberries.
  2. Place half the fruit in the bottom of a metal cocktail shaker. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar and 2 of the lime quarters. Muddle the fruit and sugar together with the handle of a wooden spoon until the rhubarb mostly disintegrates. Add 2 shots of moonshine on top and stir.
  3. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice, shake, and strain the drink into serving glass.
  4. Repeat with the remaining fruit and moonshine.
  5. Serve immediately.



  1. says

    Love this color!! So pretty! I still have net yet worked/ tried and Rhubard!! I really need to change this and see what everyone is talking about!

  2. says

    Mmmmm strawberry rhubarb pie is one of my all-time favs and this looks like the perfect compliment to a big, honkin’ piece. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. says

    You know what my troubles are?? I CAN’T FIND ANY DAMN RHUBARB IN THIS DAMN CITY.

    Not that it has me upset or anything….

    *I want a pie and this drink and I want them together!!*

    • says

      So sad. I had a heck of a time finding it, too. I found it in my favorite grocery store, then went back for more the following week, and it was gone. I had to drive all the way across town for more. Then, it was $6/lb!

  4. says

    Moonshine has been a running joke in our family every since the man drank a 1/4 bottle of it one night and went insane for a few hours haha. But we love it all the same – southern roots! I have to make this… and just monitor quantity control haha.

  5. says

    Oh this looks and sounds so good! If only I wasn’t 9 months pregnant! I’ll be saving this for after baby comes. Thank you for sharing. What a beautiful hue!

  6. says

    love this! I love rhubarb. We have one of those aging barrel thingys and have moonshine aging in it which I think makes it whisky… or maybe just brown moonshine. Not entirely sure, it was a wedding gift.

  7. says

    Wow, girl! ‘Shine on the Dessert For Two blog? How totally wicked is that? The only thing close to authentic ‘shine I’ve ever had in my day, with a bunch of friends, was some Kentucky Hooch from some sweet boys from UK in Lexington, KY. If I am ever in Tennessee, I’ll have to search out some Popcorn Sutton’s XXX Tennessee White Whiskey! Can’t wait to share this with The Big Lug. Thanks for this off-the-chain cocktail post, Christina! xo


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