June 3, 2014

Homemade Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

Now that I am back in my summer rhubarb routine I am trying to come with a few new recipes to fold into my tried and true. This is one I spotted on Epicurious a while ago and have finally (finally!) gotten the chance to try. My strawberry plants are still ripening so I made these with berries from the store. (The cool spring weather means our strawberry season is way behind.)  It was super easy and was beyond delicious. It tasted like strawberry-rhubarb pie in a glass  – sweet and refreshing. I added some sparkling water to dilute it a bit and add some effervescence, but you can do what you want. Here is the recipe for your new favorites summer drink.

Homemade Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

adapted from Epicurious

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Ingredients

  • 3 ½ cups water
  • 2 cups rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup sparkling water

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan add the water, rhubarb, sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla. Bring to a simmer for about 10 minutes, and make sure the sugar is dissolved. Add the strawberries and bring to a boil for 2 minutes.
  2. Set a fine mesh sieve right over a pitcher and carefully pour the hot rhubarb mixture over it. Press down on the solids with a spatula. Some pulp will get through, but this will strain out the heavy solids. Let it sit until all the possible liquid is extracted.
  3. To the pitcher stir in the remaining strawberries, lemon juice, and sparkling water. Serve!
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  • Maija

    My 3yo has had digestive problems since birth and his dr recently suggested mirilax, which he gave us the proper dosage for our needs. I’ve decided the chemicals aren’t much better for my kid, and I’ve been making this (and other) rhubarb juice as a substitute ever since. He is a super picky eater, but he LOVES this juice!! He also likes plain rhubarb boiled down with sugar, and when cooled I mix in some orange juice. Let me just warn, it works for clearing out your system…… :)

    • KelseyTheNaptimeChef

      I am so glad you and your kids loved it!