Sparkling Rhubarb Lemonade

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Author Notes: Homemade lemonade is always a treat, and this lovely pink version with the surprising flavor of rhubarb and brightness of fresh mint is sure to impress. A shot of rum or gin couldn't hurt! - TheRunawaySpoonTheRunawaySpoon

Food52 Review: WHO: TheRunawaySpoon is a food writer who is somewhere in between a food snob and a food schlub.
WHAT: The drink you should sip all of spring.
HOW: Make a rhubarb-lemon simple syrup, and then add lemon juice and sparkling water.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This lemonade has just enough bubbles and brightness to make it truly refreshing. The flavor actually deepens after a day or two—so add sparkling water when you're ready to drink. As TheRunawaySpoon says, a shot of rum or gin would make this the perfect spring cocktail.

Serves 6

  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 5 cups chopped rhubarb, fresh or frozen (20 ounces)
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 3 - inch strips lemon zest
  • 3 sprigs fresh mint
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups lemon-lime soda or sparkling water
  1. In a saucepan, stir together the water, the rhubarb pieces, the sugar, the lemon zest and the mint. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Let the rhubarb mixture cool, the strain it through a wire-mesh strainer set over a large pitcher. Press on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids
  3. Stir in the lemon juice and soda. Serve over ice, garnished with a sprig of mint.
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Tags: Drinks, rhubarb, seasonal, Spring

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7 days ago Jean Denham

Was introduced to this by a friend in Minnesota - she used about a short of each: vodka, 7 up and the lemonade - just a great drink; perfect for a summer day!!!


4 months ago Debbie

Soooo this was okay. I love rhubarb- and lemonade....but it needs waaaay more sugar, and lemon juice to balance out the flavor. Next time I will do half rhubard, half strawberry. I wont be making this particular recipe again, but using it as a guideline to try something new :)


over 1 year ago AngelaM-E

I made this last week for a party. It was tart and delicious mixed with booze or even straight. It was gone quickly, next time, I'll make double :) thanks!


over 1 year ago cook4fun

I've just been asked to "please pick the rhubarb" by a friend who doesn't want her rhubarb to go to waste. I now know what will be the first recipe I prepare with it: Sparkling or even still Rhubarb Lemonade. Thank you, it sounds so refreshing and looks so beautiful.


over 1 year ago nutritioulicious

This looks great! I just made a Strawberry-Rhubarb Mimosa and am excited to make more drinks w rhubarb!


over 1 year ago jenniebgood

yummy yummy yummy!


over 1 year ago QueenSashy

Yay, what a delight, congrats!


over 1 year ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Congratulations! This sounds refreshing and delicious, plus I love it's delicate pink color.


over 4 years ago cheese1227

I do a similiar recipe with strawberries, but I can do this one now before the strawberries even arrive. Thanks!


over 4 years ago meredithhimelfarb

This sounds so delish!