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Rhubarb Pink Lemonade

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I don’t take the time to make fresh-squeezed lemonade that often, which is a pity because it actually takes very little effort and is pretty much the best thing to drink on a sunny summer day.

But what might be even better is lemonade with puckery rhubarb added to turn it a deep, blushing pink.

Rhubarb Pink Lemonade. A refreshing, puckery summer cooler. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious | www.blossomtostem.net

It’s all the things that make pink lemonade great with no artificial dyes or even the sacrifice of fresh berries, which, I’ll admit, I am loathe to use for juice most of the time. Good seasonal berries are to be eaten fresh or slumped into jam or pie or crumble.

But rhubarb, well, I can sacrifice a couple of stalks for pink lemonade.

(That is, if I have extra leftover after I’ve made as much rhubarb crumble and strawberry rhubarb turnovers as I can eat.)

But the combination of rhubarb and lemon is a nice one. It makes for a lovely double hit of sour.

Rhubarb Pink Lemonade. A refreshing, puckery summer cooler. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious | www.blossomtostem.net

The rhubarb gets simmered in some water with sugar to make a simple rhubarb syrup.

Then the rhubarb solids get strained out, some lemons get squeezed and mixed in with the rhubarb-and-sugar mixture.

And then a few cups of water get added to dilute the whole thing to just the right consistency so that it still holds up when you pour it over ice, but it doesn’t leave your tongue with a syrupy film.

Rhubarb Pink Lemonade. A refreshing, puckery summer cooler. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious | www.blossomtostem.net

Easy peasy.

The whole thing takes about 15 minutes of work. If that.

It’s good to chill it down and serve it over ice.

And then you can delight your friends at your next summer cookout or just have something summery and refreshing to sip on the back porch on a hot sticky day.

(And if you wanted to add a splash of gin to this for a rhubarb collins, well, I wouldn’t tell anyone.)

Rhubarb Pink Lemonade (1 of 1)
Yield: 1 generous quart

Rhubarb Pink Lemonade

Rhubarb Pink Lemonade. A refreshing, puckery summer cooler. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious | www.blossomtostem.net

This rhubarb lemonade is simple to make with a few stalks of rhubarb and about a half a dozen lemons. The amount of sugar here is flexible. I think 2/3 cup is nice here with the sour from both the lemons and the rhubarb, but if you tend to like things on the sweeter side, bump it up to 3/4 and if you're a big fan of sour, go with a half cup. I really implore you to juice the lemons yourself. Citrus juice is incredibly volatile and loses so much of its flavor after a few days. To make your life easier, I highly recommend getting a simple lemon squeezer like the one linked below. It'll decrease your effort and increase your yield, which is a win-win in my book.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rhubarb, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups water, divided (1 cup goes into cook with the rhubarb and the rest is added at the end)
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, from about 4-6 lemons

Instructions

  1. Add the rhubarb, sugar, and 1 cup of water to a small saucepan and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until the rhubarb is very soft.
  2. Remove from heat and let sit for about 10 minutes to cool, then strain through a fine mesh strainer set over a bowl (one with a pouring spout is ideal). Discard the rhubarb solids.
  3. Add the lemon juice by pouring it through the strainer to remove any stray seeds.
  4. Add the remaining 2 1/2 cups water and stir.
  5. Serve over ice.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 95Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 14mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 19gProtein: 1g
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Vera Cote

Tuesday 14th of July 2020

I used this for a rhubarb/raspberry magarita! Yummy!

Paula Niziolek

Thursday 7th of July 2016

What a great lemonade for a summer party! Pinning to make later!

Mary

Thursday 7th of July 2016

Thanks, Paula! I think it's a perfect summer drink!

Jackie Garvin

Friday 3rd of June 2016

Beautiful color! I love your unexpected ingredient added to lemonade. Nicely done!

Mary

Saturday 4th of June 2016

Thanks Jackie!

Shinee

Friday 3rd of June 2016

Gorgeous color! Love seeing something other than rhubarb pie! :)

Mary

Saturday 4th of June 2016

Thanks Shinee! There are so many great ways to use rhubarb besides pie.

champagne-tastes

Friday 3rd of June 2016

I do this with lavender petals! Homemade lemonade is THE BEST

Mary

Saturday 4th of June 2016

It really is, isn't it?