Rhubarb Soda Pop

This drink looks particularly yummy in glasses blown by Bob Dane!

This drink looks particularly yummy in glasses blown by Bob Dane!

 

I know I’ve been digressing a bit lately—so here is a rhubarb post in which I go straight to the recipe (well, as straight as my brain ever goes).

 

The rhubarb flavor comes through loud and clear in this refreshing beverage. I tried the rhubarb base with a fizzy lemon-lime drink but found that I preferred it with plain soda water.

 

Ingredients:

 

4 cups chopped rhubarb

enough water JUST to cover the rhubarb

1/2 cup sugar (or sugar to taste; see how you like it this way the first time you make it)

1 cinnamon stick

1 pinch salt

2 teaspoons lemon juice

soda water or seltzer as needed

 

Instructions:

 

In a large non-reactive saucepan combine the rhubarb, water, sugar, and cinnamon stick.

 

Cook the mixture, partially covered, over medium-low heat until the rhubarb is soft, stirring from time to time to keep the water from boiling much.

 

Turn off the heat and let the rhubarb mixture cool for a few minutes. Strain it through cheesecloth. Discard the rhubarb pulp (or use it to clean your pots!) and add the salt and lemon juice to the liquid. Chill it for at least 2 hours. Serve it diluted with the soda water or seltzer (I used about a 1 to 1 ratio.)

 

This much rhubarb makes about 24 ounces of rhubarb liquid or 48 ounces of soda pop at that ratio.

Mother Jan and Neighbor Ken raise their glasses to (and of) rhubarb.

Mother Jan and Neighbor Ken raise their glasses to (and of) rhubarb.

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3 Responses to “Rhubarb Soda Pop”

  1. E. Sheppard says:

    I like rhubarb, and love contests. I posted this to my Twitter feed this morning. I love the photo too!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Rhubarb drinks are wonderful! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  3. tinkyweisblat says:

    Thanks to you both! Rhubarb loving readers will DEFINITELY want to check out Elizabeth’s flavor-filled rhubarb web site (which is giving me LOTS of ideas), http://www.savor-the-rhubarb.com.

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