1 Apt. 2B Baking Co.: Rhubarb Syrup, Rhubarb Soda, and a Rhubarb Mule

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Rhubarb Syrup, Rhubarb Soda, and a Rhubarb Mule

As soon as rhubarb season rolls in I like to have a bottle of this shocking pink syrup on hand for all sorts of delicious cocktails and spritzers. It's dead easy to make and if someone invites you to a dinner party or barbecue this spring you can bring the makings to impress your friends with a refreshing drink instead of a boring six-pack of beer. My favorite way to enjoy it is over ice with a big slice of fresh ginger (surprise, surprise) and a splash of seltzer, but it's also a great addition to crisp white wine or in a moscow mule style cocktail with vodka and some citrus. I know when temps get into the high 90s later this week I will be parked firmly in front of my air conditioner with a pretty pink drink in one hand and a scoop of passionfruit sorbet in the other.

Rhubarb Syrupmakes about 2 cups

1 lb rhubarb, chopped
1c sugar
1c water

1. Simmer the rhubarb, sugar and water in a non reactive saucepan until the rhubarb is soft and a bit mushy, about 15 min.
2. Pour the whole mess into a strainer (lined with cheesecloth if you have it) set over a bowl with a spout or measuring cup, for easy pouring. Let the syrup slowly strain undisturbed then pour into a jar or bottle and store in the fridge.

Make sure to keep the pulp! I like eating it on top of yogurt or you can blend it, call it rhubarb sauce and eat it on its own.

Rhubarb Soda
1 part rhubarb syrup
3 parts seltzer

Stir together and serve over ice, add a sprig of mint or a squeeze of citrus for a little extra punch.

Rhubarb Mulenot the kind you can ride, the kind you can drink

2 oz chilled vodka
2T rhubarb syrup
squeeze of lime or lemon
4-6 oz ginger beer
sliced fresh ginger to garnish

Fill a glass with ice, squeeze a wedge of lemon or lime onto the glass, then add the vodka and rhubarb syrup, top with ginger beer and garnish with a slice of fresh ginger. Prepare to be refreshed all spring long.

I have a sneaking suspicion that this syrup would also be great with something a little bitter, maybe aperol? Try it and let me know!


  1. I want a MULE right now!!!! One to ride and drink :)

  2. OMG. I've been trying to find a cool drink to make for mom's birthday party to put in that drink dispenser thing. And this is what I'm going to make! Her party is Hawaiian themed, but they have rhubarb and mules in Hawaii right?

  3. eva- i've heard hawaiians love rhubarb. you should be good to go!

  4. I adore rhubarb. And also vodka. Your blog is also very excellent.

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