Cheers to Rhubarb!

by | May 31, 2024 | Recipes, Southern Sandi

A vegetable-based cocktail might not sound appealing — unless it’s made with refreshingly sweet and tart rhubarb.

Before I launch into how to make this rhubarb-based cocktail, you might be wondering: What is rhubarb?

It is a vegetable that is typically treated and used like fruit. Best harvested and consumed during the spring and summer months (although it is available and grown year-round in greenhouses), rhubarb’s flavor is a perfect combination of sour and sweet — much like a tart apple. The long, stalk-like pieces are similar to celery, and the leaves are a lot like Swiss chard; however, it is actually in the buckwheat family. If you are not a rhubarb fan, you are about to be.

Rhubarb has no cholesterol and is very low in sodium. It is a good source of vitamin C and contains both calcium and fiber. However, the tartness of the vegetable usually means it is best with a sweet component, which can reduce some of the health benefits. Eastern medicine has been known to use rhubarb to reduce inflammation and act as an anti-bacterial.

For this Rhubarb and Rosemary Refresher, we are taking fresh rhubarb cubes and blending them with sugar, citric juices and water and straining the mixture to create a tart juice ideal for mixing. Combined with fresh rosemary syrup and rum, it’s a little bit tart, a little bit sweet and herbaceously refreshing.

The pretty pink color in this drink comes from the anthocyanins in the rhubarb. Anthocyanians are natural colorants that are a safe alternative to synthetic dyes, much like elderberry and pomegranate. Make sure you select stalks of rhubarb that are reddest, so your drink has a blushing color too.

Create this refreshing sweet and tart cocktail for a delightful consumption of your vegetables.

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Rhubarb and Rosemary Refresher
A vegetable-based cocktail might not sound appealing — unless it’s made with refreshingly sweet and tart rhubarb.
Rhubarb Refresher
Course Cocktail
Cuisine cocktail
Keyword rhubarb, rosemary, rum
Servings
drinks
Ingredients
Course Cocktail
Cuisine cocktail
Keyword rhubarb, rosemary, rum
Servings
drinks
Ingredients
Rhubarb Refresher
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan heat 1 cup of water and ¼ cup of sugar over medium until it dissolves.
  2. Remove from heat and add the ½ cup rosemary leaves and let steep for 5 minutes, then strain the syrup into a cup and set aside.
  3. Add diced rhubarb, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, 1½ cups water and ¼ cup sugar to a blender. Blend into a puree and strain into a medium cup. Discard the pulp.
  4. Refrigerate the individual cups of rhubarb juice and rosemary syrup for at least 4 hours.
  5. To make the drink mix the rhubarb juice, rosemary syrup, remaining lemon juice, lime juice and rum and stir to combine.
  6. Serve Rhubarb and Rosemary Refreshers in a glass filled with ice and garnish with rosemary spring and rhubarb stalks.

About the author

Sandi Grigg

Sandi Grigg

Growing up in a small town in the foothills of North Carolina and attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, I always dreamed of working on the coast. I earned my degree in Marketing/Branding and started to build a life with my spouse and son. Together, we enjoy fishing, going to hear live music and spending time with family. At home I love to cook and write recipes, take on DIY home improvement endeavors and grill out with friends. Being a part of the Carolina Marketing Company team has showed me that you really can enjoy your job, and we feel like a family. I am truly grateful to have a career I love.