Saturday 28 May 2016

Rhubarb Simple Syrup (and Susan's Cocktail)

I was surprised how pink this came out considering most of my rhubarb is more on the greenish side.  But I guess there was enough pink to make this beautifully coloured simple syrup.

Rhubarb Syrup

6 cups rhubarb
3 cups water
1 1/2 cups white sugar

Add all ingredients into a pot.  Stew the rhubarb until soft, but no longer as you don't want the water to cook away.  Cool then strain the liquid into a jar.   This syrup can be stirred into yogurt, mixed with soda water for a refreshing rhubarb soda or used in a cocktail (recipe below).

This is the recipe my friend Susan made for us last weekend (although her rhubarb syrup recipe was a bit different than mine).  I went straight home and made some syrup.  Then picked up some bourbon soon after!  Although the syrup had a nice pink tinge, the colour of the bourbon makes for more of a caramel colour for the cocktail.

Muddle several leaves of mint and a piece of lemon in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.  Add some crushed ice and the following ingredients:

- 1 oz bourbon
- 1/2 oz limoncello
- 2 oz rhubarb syrup

Shake and serve.

I didn't have limoncello so just used the bourbon and rhubarb syrup (with the mint and lemon) and it was just as delicious!


  1. That syrup sure does look pretty - I'm not a big fan of rhubarb, but I can see myself trying the soda version with all the sparkly pink bubbles.

    1. I rarely eat rhubarb on its own but I like it in combination with sweeter stuff (in this case, sugar, I guess, but I generally combine it with sweeter berries in desserts).