Rhubarb & Strawberry Lemonade
Hello Summer! Yep, our Spring is already over here in South Carolina. Was nice to have it for about three weeks. But we have already moved on to going for late afternoon jumps in the ocean to wind down. It will never cease to surprise and amaze me. It never deters me from braising and roasting every once in a while though. That’s because air conditioning always leave me as cold as a cup of ice cream.
With the gorgeous produce falling out of farm stands everywhere, rhubarb and strawberries have been among my top choices for first lately. Crumbles, tarts, ice cream, panna cotta, etc… We just can’t get enough. As my dear husband pointed out, we are running low on my homemade strawberry jam so I guess a trip to the U-pick plantation is in order for next weekend!
It’s been a while that I have had in my head to make concoct a drink with both fruits. I am fond of mixology and cocktail developing on the weekend but this time I wanted something refreshing that we could drink during the day while working over the weekend. I was craving a nice cold homemade lemonade so the idea of making a Rhubarb & Strawberry lemonade naturally came about.
Later in the afternoon I gathered some drinks, some cookies and headed outside with the husband. We sat down just long enough to take a breather and feel refreshed from such a simple but tasty treat. A little stolen moment in between two assignments.
This drink is a great base to add a little seltzer water or ginger ale to have a little fizz going on. It is also a great starter to refreshing fruity cocktails and mocktails for a nice gathering with friends.
Rhubarb And Strawberry Lemonade:
Makes enough to fill a large carafe (sorry I did not measure. We were thirsty!)
3 1/2 cups water
1 pound rhubarb, cut into roughly 1-inch dices
1/3 cup honey or agave (which is what I used)
zest of 2 lemons
3 cups of strawberries, halved
1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
In a large pot, bring the water to a boil along with the rhubarb, honey or agave and lemon zest. Reduce the heat down and let everything simmer, covered for about 15 minutes. Add the strawberries and simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
Remove from the stove and let cool completely. Place the mixture in a blender with the lemon juice and puree until completely smooth.
Refrigerate until completely cold.
Averie @ Averie Cooks April 2, 2012 um 8:11 pm
I remember when we lived in NC and then in SC, by April, Spring could have been over and onto summer. And definitely by early May, it was mid 80s every day, no matter what, and it was summer, all the way. With full humidity to boot!
I love that little teal blue juicer in the photos..adorable!
Maria April 2, 2012 um 8:12 pm
I can't wait until our rhubarb is ready! Love this!
argone April 2, 2012 um 8:14 pm
Cette boisson a l'air délicieuse … ici la rhubarbe n'est pas encore arrivée, celle qu'on trouve est de Hollande, pas pour moi !
merci pour la recette, même si j'ai un peu de mal avec les cups, c'est dommage.
Anonymous April 2, 2012 um 8:20 pm
oh man …Spring is just arriving in Calgary. 10C and wind that is. We usually don't bother to plant anything in the garden until second week of may. why? snow is treacherous in Calgary and might show up the moment your precious plants are in.
Pia April 2, 2012 um 8:21 pm
Wow! Those drinks look so incredibly tasty. I absolutely love strawberry and rhubarb together and with my husband's affinity for strawberry lemonade, I'm surprised something like this did not occur to me. I can't wait to try these out… perhaps for our upcoming June baby shower — they'll be sure to please 🙂
Three-Cookies April 2, 2012 um 8:23 pm
Where can I buy them for 50 cents?
Kathy Walker April 2, 2012 um 9:42 pm
This sounds wonderful! I am a rhubarb fan but never thought about adding it to lemonade. What a great idea.
Helene April 2, 2012 um 10:57 pm
Argone: pour les conversions de mesures: www.gourmetsleuth.com
Tout est bien precis.
curator April 3, 2012 um 2:26 am
wow, this looks gorgeous. I'd definitely add the seltzer for a bit of zip. Beautiful photographs too. Thanks for the recipe! Perhaps when rhubarb (and spring) make it up to NYC I'll do it.
[email protected] at Marina April 3, 2012 um 5:16 am
I haven't seen rhubarb in a long time, probably in two years by now. I miss the rhubarb pie. This refreshing drink is so aromatic!
Anonymous April 3, 2012 um 8:58 am
oh, how I love it!
Cooking Rookie April 3, 2012 um 10:03 am
I bet it's as delicious as it's beautiful! Reminds me of spring (which might come here sometime this year 😉 )
Annetje April 3, 2012 um 11:13 am
What a lovely post! It looks so beuatifull and makes you want to try it immediatly.
Hope we will have strawberrys very soon and we will try it certainly!
The InTolerant Chef ™ April 3, 2012 um 11:56 am
My favourite flavour combination ever! I would certainly pay more than 50 cents for this please 🙂
baker in disguise April 3, 2012 um 12:05 pm
what a refreshing post… its so hot out here..i can do with a glass with those cute straws!!
Gustia April 3, 2012 um 12:22 pm
The French Ciflorette strawberries are out here in the south of France and I'm not sure if I can bring myself to put them in a blender! Although, if what I make looks as beautiful as what you made, it would be worth it.
Barb Bamber April 3, 2012 um 1:46 pm
Beautiful strawberry inspiration for this morning!! Love all of it as usual, a gorgeous series of food photos.. xo
Unknown April 3, 2012 um 5:27 pm
i think strawberries & rhubarbs are my favourite fruits ~ it's a little early here in the uk for the home grown varieties, but can't wait for the summer to be able to try this
kankana April 3, 2012 um 7:53 pm
i never ate rhubarbs .. can you believe that ? 🙂 Love the last photo .. beautiful set up.
Shelby April 3, 2012 um 9:28 pm
I love rhubarb season! What a refreshing way to go about using them… I look forward to giving this recipe a go! Happy Spring!!!
Kitchenette Finds April 3, 2012 um 10:20 pm
I think I need to visit the South soon! On the West Coast of B.C. we have nothing coming up yet, just rain coming down still. I can hardly wait for all things Spring!
Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet April 4, 2012 um 12:40 am
I love homemade strawberry lemonade! I haven't tried it with rhubarb, but will have to give it a try!
A.W. April 4, 2012 um 1:48 am
This is perfect for our get-together this weekend. Thank you for always being an inspiration!
Alison April 4, 2012 um 2:04 pm
Going to make some Easter beverages from your recipe, with the suggested seltzer water for fizz! Hope you are well Helene!
Vicki Bensinger April 4, 2012 um 3:05 pm
This sounds like such a refreshing drink. Just in time for our unseasonably warm weather.
Mikaela Cowles April 5, 2012 um 12:49 am
50 cents for your Rhubarb Strawberry Lemonade? I'll take a dozen cups please! This recipe looks fantastic. But, could you please send some of that warm weather to Seattle? Thanks!
Unknown April 5, 2012 um 2:33 am
Oh, I hear you Helene…down here in Texas we just closed all of the windows and turned on the air. Loved those open windows. I will definitely be on the lookout for rhubarb since I just discovered it last year!
MyFudo™ April 5, 2012 um 3:18 am
I never thought this could be a wonderful combination…Wanna try this mix!
Kare @ Kitchen Treaty April 5, 2012 um 3:40 am
This looks so delicious and refreshing – I could drink a gallon! Utterly gorgeous photos, as always.
susan April 5, 2012 um 7:28 pm
this is stunning, Helen! Love the idea of putting rhubarb in a refreshing drink!
WokandSpoon April 6, 2012 um 8:15 pm
I agree with Susan. I would have never thought of putting rhubarb in a drink. Lovely.
Miss Katie April 7, 2012 um 9:49 am
These look delicious! Would be great for the summery weather we're having where I am. Definitely keen to try it out, even though I've never cooked with rhubarb before!
Homemade Vanilla Website April 9, 2012 um 4:44 am
Definitely on my list for summer treats!
Jessica D April 10, 2012 um 2:19 am
Those glass bottles are amazing, where did you get them?!
Helene April 10, 2012 um 4:55 am
The large one with the #1 on it is from World Market, the other small ones in the white metal crate are from Shop Sweet Lulu from months ago.
caja de sabores April 10, 2012 um 12:21 pm
que imagenes tan bonitas, las botellas quedaron geniales.Un abrazo.
The Cozy Herbivore April 11, 2012 um 9:46 pm
Beautiful– so seasonal! The colors are absolutely gorgeous. I can't wait to try this!
Marina April 17, 2012 um 7:15 pm
Lovely. It is a classic mix in Denmark where I live. I just bough your lovely book and is so much looking forward to reading it.
Springlove (we had sun, snow and rain today. April in Denmark is like that).
Carrie April 20, 2012 um 7:22 pm
My mom used to make strawberry-rhubarb pie – absolutely delicious
nancy April 20, 2012 um 7:43 pm
Can't wait to try this, I love new recipes using rhubarb!
Heather April 20, 2012 um 7:53 pm
WOW! Strawberries already. Jealous!!!
Anyways, I bet you could make this in concentrated form and freeze it to enjoy for later in the fall when it's getting cold.
Anonymous April 25, 2012 um 2:30 pm
Yum! I absolutely love strawberry and rhubarb in any form! I'll have to try this when we have rhubarb in the store again!
nyhet April 30, 2012 um 9:27 am
what a "fresh" idea with the "classic" combination of rhubarb and strawberry! could be great with a little bit sparkling wine as well!
yummi! kind regards,
Panda May 5, 2012 um 8:26 pm
Helene – where did you get that teal juicer? Is it ceramic? I just LOVE it! xo
Sarah Liz June 9, 2012 um 12:00 am
In the process of cooking this…I'm so excited!!
Susie Fox May 28, 2013 um 11:46 pm
Very yummy. It could have used a bit more sweetener for me but my husband loved it!