If you’re a regular reader of Garnish with Lemon, you have probably figured out that I have a love for fun cocktails. So I’ll let you in on another secret about me - I adore rhubarb. And rhubarb syrup is the perfect way to combine my love of cocktails and rhubarb! Spring is so late here that I actually had to go to Kowalski’s and BUY some rhubarb. First. Time. Ever. I was craving that sweet-tart bite that I look forward to every spring, and it just wasn’t growing fast enough in my garden. I may have gone a little overboard with my purchase and came home with a LOT of rhubarb. But what a great chance to try some new recipes. Topping the list was this rhubarb syrup, and I am in love! Add a shot to a vodka tonic, and you have a drink that doesn’t seem not quite so boring. Don’t get me wrong, I love traditional drinks like a good ol’ gin and tonic (tall with two limes) or a classic vodka tonic. But adding the rhubarb syrup makes it anything but run of the mill. The syrup looks deceivingly sweet but remember it is made with rhubarb, so it has that perfect sweet-tart combination. Pure Bliss!
The ways to use the syrup are endless for a rhubarb lover like myself: pancakes, greek yogurt, cocktails, ice cream…and these are just a few of the combinations that I’ve tried! I love finding new ways to get my rhubarb fix, and with rhubarb syrup, the options are never-ending. I love spring!
A delicious sweet-tart simple syrup flavored with fresh rhubarb.
4 cups chopped rhubarb
1½ cups water
1 cup sugar
juice of half of a lemon
Mix all ingredients in a medium saucepan on the stove. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to medium and boil for 15-20 minutes. Place fine mesh strainer over a bowl and pour hot mixture in. Let sit for 5-10 minutes to let all of the rhubarb syrup strain through.