June 10, 2014

Rhubarb lemonade


Pink lemonade makes me think of summer as a kid. Days that were long and hot and spent playing outside, exploring the field or creek, catching bugs, watching fireflies, eating wild strawberries, and reading. Sometimes I really miss those long summers and having a nice vacation... But I can make some refreshing, tangy, and slightly sweet lemonade to enjoy on a summery weekend to enjoy while relaxing. 

This recipe uses seasonal rhubarb to give the lemonade its pink color and also add a bit of complexity to the drink's flavor. Since we aren't big sugar eaters, I made this drink a little less sweet than what you'll probably find in most recipes. If you want it to be sweeter, up the amount of sugar to 1 cup when making the syrup. Grab a pitcher and a few glasses and make up a batch of this lemonade before the rhubarb is gone!


Rhubarb lemonade
2 cups roughly chopped rhubarb
water
3/4 cup sugar (I use unbleached cane sugar)
1-1/4 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 5-6 lemons)

In a medium sauce pot combine the rhubarb, 1-1/2 cups water, and the sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissloves and the mixture comes to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the rhubarb is broken down and the mixture reduces slightly, about 10 minutes. 

Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer, pressing to remove all of the liquid. Pour the syrup into a pitcher along with the lemon juice. Stir well and then stir in water (about 4-6 cups) until it reaches your desired flavor/dilution preference. Refrigerate for a few hours until it is very cold.

Stir before serving. Serve over ice or with lemon slices, if desired.


What was I cooking one year ago?: hot & sour rhubarb pork & noodles
Two years ago?: hot beef, broccoli, & coconut red curry
Three?: cheese ravioli with roasted vegetables
4?: Thai green curry

18 comments:

  1. A little tart and little sweet, how lovely. Have a super week. BAM

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  2. I have some freshly cut rhubarb on my kitchen counter. I was going to make rhubarb butter, but I think I will give your lemonade a try instead. Might be good with a little vodka?? :)

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    1. Yes, a little vodka would be a great addition!

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  3. Love your description of summer, it sounds similar to mine growing up. I haven't made lemonade in years and your recipe sounds terrific.

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  4. What a delicious lemonade Amy...I love the idea of rhubarb in it...it sure looks pretty too.
    Have a great week :D

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  5. I love this! Never had rhubarb lemonade, but the idea sounds so right. Definitely something I need to try -- thanks.

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  6. What a clever combination Amy, this looks so refreshing. Never thought to use rhubarb this way.

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  7. In New Hampshire, a soda company made rhubarb sodas that were so refreshing on a hot summer day. This sounds like a perfect hot weather combo.

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  8. This is different in a good way! I never saw rhubarb in a drink before. It looks delicious and refreshing!

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  9. Great summer lemonade!! I love the rhubarb addition!

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  10. This looks like such a refreshing drink and the color is beautiful!

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  11. Oh yeah....it is nearly rhubarb season and I will be looking for all kinds of ways to serve it. I never thought of drinking it before. Great idea.

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  12. I thought it didn't get better than fresh lemonade, but then you went and added rhubarb. YUM!

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  13. Well hello!!! I just happen to have lots of rhubarb...lucky me!!!

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  14. This sounds so fabulous! Love a refreshing lemonade when it gets hot out (we're still freezing and snowy here so not yet haha) and love the sound of rhubarb in this. I've been patiently waiting for rhubarb for months now (can't even find it frozen here) and just came across some in my grocery store yesterday. Wooho. I need to try this!! YUM

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