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Rhubarb-Rose Lemonade

June  3, 2014
1 Ratings
  • Serves 8 to 10
Test Kitchen Notes

This drink has the power to make your guests stop mid-sentence with wonder. They will know the fragrant rose scent once they raise their glass to sip, and soon will realize they love it paired with the taste of classic lemonade. It can be easily used as a non-alcoholic drink option for a spring brunch or baby shower, or it can be punched up with your favorite vodka as a barbecue imbibe. The bubbly feel on your tongue, along with the faint rose scent, will make you come back again and again. —Mid-Mitten Homemade

What You'll Need
  • Lemonade
  • 3 lemons
  • one 750 mL bottle of sparkling water
  • 3 cups rhubarb-rose simple syrup (see below)
  • Rhubarb-Rose Simple Syrup
  • 8 stalks of rhubarb
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  1. Lemonade
  2. Zest 2 of the lemons, then juice all 3 into a 1 gallon glass jar.
  3. Add chilled rhubarb-rose simple syrup. Add the bottle of sparkling water, then fill up the rest of the jar with cold tap water.
  4. Stir, then refrigerate until ready to serve. Garnish with a lemon twist.
  1. Rhubarb-Rose Simple Syrup
  2. Remove rhubarb leaves. Wash and cut into 1-inch pieces.
  3. In a medium saucepan, add rhubarb, water, sugar, and rose water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved, approximately 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow rhubarb to steep for 2 hours. Strain before using.
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2 Reviews

Aliwaks June 19, 2014
I just made this...then pureed the remaining rhubarb bits added a bit of cream and put in the ice cream maker-- Rhubarb Sherbet!
Winifred R. June 8, 2014
How large a stalk of rhubarb? I've grown rhubarb with pencil thin stalks, but in my local grocery (it doesn't grow well in Tidewater VA - soil too sandy or winters too warm), they are over an inch in diameter. Thanks for pointers!