Slide Back Sour, from Catoctin Creek Distilling Co.

Slide Back Sour, from Catoctin Creek Distilling Co.


From our feature, The Vivant’s Top Ten Fabulous Gin Cocktail Recipes, tasting room manager Denise Petty at Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. uses strawberries and rhubarb for a great summer drink.

There are a few things that always define summer for me. Strawberries and rhubarb are two of those things, usually in combination. Denise Petty, tasting room manager at Catoctin Creek Distilling Co., thinks the same way, and she’s come up with the perfect summer drink with a wonderful floral profile.

Denise tells me, “The rhubarb in this drink provides a drier sweetness than the strawberries do which gives a bit more depth of flavor. The earthy and floral profile of the rhubarb certainly enhances the complexity as you sip through the foam of the delicate egg white and bold bitters.” Denise shares her recipe for the Slide Back Sour below:


  • 1-1/2 oz Watershed gin
  • 1 oz strawberry rhubarb syrup
  • ¾ oz lemon juice
  • 1 egg white

Strawberry rhubarb syrup:

  • 5 cups strawberries
  • 1 cup rhubarb
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups water


Place ingredients in shaker with ice. Shake and strain. Now dry shake those ingredients (place back in the shaker, no ice, and shake). Serve up in Nick and Nora glasses. Atomize Angostura and Fee Brothers rhubarb bitters over the foam. Garnish with a rhubarb twist.

For the strawberry rhubarb syrup: In a saucepan, combine sugar, water, strawberries and rhubarb. Stir well over medium heat and bring to boil, and then remove from pan and cover. Let it steep for about 30 minutes, then drain the syrup into a container and cool in the refrigerator.