Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

Can we talk about this heat wave for a minute… feels like 41☀️☀️☀️whattt!!! Who ever is on vacation this week😎🙌🏻#YASSS! For some of us… that was not the case🙋🏻… so let’s let this #ThirstyThursday give us life and cool us down!! Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade anyone???

This recipe has no alcohol in it so it’s a perfect to pack along for family beach day (calm down… we’re going to add some🤭). When I was testing this recipe, we decided to add Gin and St-Germain, and it was pretty much perfection! We sometimes end up having Thirsty Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday when I’m testing recipes LOL, we are not complaining in this heat😅😅. Have you guys ever had St-Germain? St-Germain is the brand name the actual type of liqueur is “Elderflower”. It’s a delicious floral liqueur that is sweet and adds such great flavour to cocktails! The bottle is also really beautiful! It would make a nice hostess gift actually, you know sometimes you don’t know what to bring, who wouldn’t love that!!! You totally could also just add Gin, or even vodka or rum would be delicious. Strawberry Rhubarb lemonade served in two glasses garnished with fresh rhubarb and fresh strawberriesAll right, let’s get right to it!! The method is pretty much the same as my Minty Bourbon Lemonade except we are making Strawberry Rhubarb simple syrup instead of a mint simple syrup! You will need 1 heaping cup strawberries (I just chopped them in half) and 1 heaping cup chopped rhubarb. So probably like 2 ½ cups total chopped fruit. In a medium saucepan, add 1 ½ cups white granulated sugar and 1 ½ cups water. Bring to a simmer until the sugar has dissolved, add the fruit. Simmer for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat, put the lid and let the fruit sit in the syrup for about an hour. The simple syrup is going to be this beautiful pinkish red colour😍😍. After the syrup has rested, strain through a fine mesh strainer into a mason jar or simply to the pitcher you are going to use for your lemonade. Now, the strawberries and rhubarb that you used for your simple syrup, don’t throw those away!!!  Basically, you have a chunky jam right there!! You could totally add that fruit to yogurt and granola in the morning (hello strawberry rhubarb yogurt parfait of your dreams!!!), top oatmeal, overnight oats, or just mash it up on toast!! YUMM!! By the way, the simple syrup could be made up to a week ahead of time!! It also keeps in the fridge for about a month.

For the lemon juice, freshly squeezed please🤗. It took about 12 lemons to get 2 cups!! This little juicer is quite the good investment for like 15$ (it makes your life a little easier when you want to juice lemons or limes). Add the fresh lemon juice to the pitcher with the simple syrup and 5 cups of water. That’s it! Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade is done!! Like I said, it’s totally optional to add any liquor to this, it’s delicious on its’ own but if your feeling festive, go for it!!

The Lemonade will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days (I highly doubt it will last that long😏) but it if does, just give it a little stir before serving it might separate a little!! glass of strawberry rhubarb lemonade garnished with strawberry and pitcher in the backgroundI hope this Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade cools you down on this hot summer day!!! Might I suggest you make a HUGE bowl of Guacamole🤤 to snack along side (the recipe is in my Healthy Taco Salad post)!!

Happy #ThirstyThursday Friends, Cheers!

XO, Nat

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Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

  • Author: Natalie
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes + resting time
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes + resting time
  • Yield: 1 Large Pitcher
  • Category: Drinks

Description

It doesn’t get more refreshing than this Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade!! With it’s bright colour and it’s delicious taste, it’s soon to become one of your go-to summer drinks. The recipe itself has no alcohol so perfect to pack up for family beach day but it’s quite delicious with a splash of gin, rum or vodka! Cheers!


Ingredients

For the Strawberry Rhubarb Simple Syrup:

  • 1 heaping cup strawberries, cut in half
  • 1 heaping cup chopped rhubarb
  • 1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water

For the Lemonade:

  • 1 recipe Strawberry Rhubarb Simple Syrup
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, about 12 lemons
  • 5 cups cold water

Instructions

For the Strawberry Rhubarb Simple Syrup:

  1. In a medium saucepan, add 1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar and 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a simmer until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add the chopped strawberries and rhubarb, simmer for another 5 minutes then turn off the heat. Set aside with cover and let steep for about 1 hour.
  3. After one hour, in a fine mesh strainer, strain the simple syrup in either a mason jar for later use or directly in the pitcher you will be using for the lemonade.
  4. Do not discard fruit, keep in fridge for later use to top yogurt, oatmeal, overnight oats, spread on toast. You could even add a spoonsful to each glass of lemonade.

For the Lemonade:

  1. In a large pitcher, add the Strawberry Rhubarb Simple Syrup, the freshly squeezed lemon juice and the water and stir everything together.
  2. Serve over ice and garnish with lemons slices, strawberries.

Notes

If you want to add alcohol to this, simply add a few ounces of your favourite liquor to each glass. I did a combination of Gin and St-Germain. Vodka or Rum would also be delicious! Enjoy!!

Keywords: Lemonade, Strawberry Rhubarb, Thirsty Thursday

 



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