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One Springy Syrup for a Week of Drinks and Desserts

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This article is brought to you by our friends at Electrolux as part of an ongoing series focusing on seasonal ingredients. Today: A rhubarb syrup that'll kick up drinks and desserts.

Not until I made Amanda's Rhubarb Orange did I really get rhubarb. It's about coaxing out the flavor, bleeding the stalks dry of what they're not willing to share unless you treat them right. Whether that's through baking, roasting, saucing, compote-ing, or boiling into a syrup, it's your choice.


We're choosing syrup.

Rhubarb Cardamom Syrup
Rhubarb Cardamom Syrup

The secret to this rhubarb cardamom syrup is to boil the rhubarb until it goes all loose and stringy. You'll want to keep the cardamom pods whole to avoid specks of black or grey floating around in the gorgeously sunset-pink syrup, but feel free to play with the amount you add (4 pods for the cardamom enthusiast, more for the obsessed). Lean over it once the rhubarb goes limp for a big whiff of all of those tart, floral, and slightly sweet notes.

Tart rhubarb tempered with aromatic, floral cardamom.
Tart rhubarb tempered with aromatic, floral cardamom. Photo by James Ransom

Over the weekend, stock up on a pound of rhubarb, sugar, lemons, and cardamom pods. Follow the recipe, gather complementary ingredients, and you'll have springy drinks and desserts all week, like so:


For non-boozy drinks:

  • Add it to sparkling water with a slice of lime
  • Try it in your next batch of lemonade, with fresh herbs or some vanilla bean
  • Drop some into your next batch of switchel

Switchel by Caroline Lange

Whiskey Peach Smash

Whiskey Peach Smash by Kenzi Wilbur

For more, ahem, spirited options:

The Kitchn's One-Ingredient Ice Cream

The Kitchn's One-Ingredient Ice Cream by Genius Recipes

Italian Ice

Italian Ice by Tieghan Gerard

For frozen desserts:

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Rhubarb Cardamom Syrup

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Makes about 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 pound rhubarb stalks, chopped
  • 4 cardamom pods, or more to taste
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Juice of 1 1/2 lemons

What fruit are you making syrup from these days? Tell us how you're using it in the comments below!

This article was brought to you by Electrolux, Food52's test kitchen partner. Electrolux is all about great taste and the appliances to help you make beautiful meals in your own kitchen. Learn more here.

Tags: electrolux, syrup, rhubarb, cardamom