Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

Drinking jars filled with Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade
Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

When the summer days are hot and thirst takes over, a tall glass of refreshing lemonade is just what is called for.  Strawberry and rhubarb are always a winning flavour combination and they team up  to make a wonderful Strawberry and Rhubarb Lemonade. There is no need for any addition of coloring in this drink as the deep red strawberries and bright red rhubarb impart their own shades into this colorful drink.

Jars of Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade
Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

This is one of those drinks I make when the strawberries and rhubarb are in season because this lemonade freezes very well in an airtight container. This makes it a great drink to have on hand for those hot summer days.

Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade in glass jar
Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

Serve the lemonade plain over ice or half fill a glass with the lemonade and top it up with your favorite clear soda.  If so inclined, an ounce of your favorite libation may be added to the lemonade.

[Printable recipe follows at end of post]

Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

Ingredients:

1½ cups water
1 cup super-fine sugar (aka caster sugar or instant dissolving sugar)

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp coarsely grated lemon rind

¾ lb rhubarb, chopped into 1” chunks
1 cup water
1/3 cup super-fine sugar

2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1¼ cups water
Pinch salt

Method:

For the simple syrup:  In small saucepan, combine the 1½ cups water and 1 cup sugar together.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is completely dissolved.  Reduce heat to medium-low and boil gently for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat and cool to room temperature (apx. 30-40 minutes). Add the lemon juice and lemon rind. Let mixture stand for at least an hour (or up to three hours) to allow the flavor to develop.  Strain mixture twice through a fine mesh sieve to remove the lemon pulp and rind.  Discard the pulp and rind.

For the rhubarb and strawberry juice:  Combine the rhubarb, 1 cup of water and sugar in a large pot.  Cover and bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and cook for approximately 5 minutes.  Add the strawberries and 1¼ cups water along with a pinch of salt.  Cover and cook for about 5 minutes longer, or until rhubarb and strawberries are softened.  Remove from heat and let stand for about 20 minutes.  Use a food masher to loosely mash and break down the pulp. Place a large fine wire mesh sieve over a heatproof bowl.  Line the sieve with a double layer of dampened cheesecloth.  Pour the rhubarb and strawberry mixture into the sieve, letting the juice drip through.  Use the back of a large spoon to very gently press the pulp in order to extract as much of the juice from the fruit as possible.  Discard solids.

To assemble:  In large jug or bottle, combine the simple syrup with the strained rhubarb and strawberry juice. Stir well.  Chill.

To serve:  Stir the chilled lemonade. Fill a glass approximately one-half full of ice cubes and add the lemonade.  Garnish with a lemon wheel or fresh strawberry, if desired.

Additional Serving Suggestions:  

  1. Fill glass one-half full of lemonade. Top with sparkling water or clear soda such as lemon-lime, sprite, or grapefruit.  Finish with ice cubes and a sprig of fresh mint.
  2. Add 1 oz of your favorite libation to a glass half-filled with ice cubes. Top with lemonade. Garnish with lemon wedge and strawberry.

Lemonade will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Freezes well in airtight container.

Yield:  Approximately 5-6 cups, depending on water content in fruit

Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

With a perfect blend of sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb, this Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade is a refreshing and thirst-quenching summertime sipper.
Servings 6
Author My Island Bistro Kitchen

Ingredients

  • cups water
  • 1 cup super-fine sugar (aka caster sugar or instant dissolving sugar)
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp coarsely grated lemon rind
  • ¾ lb rhubarb, chopped into 1” chunks
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup super-fine sugar
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • cups water
  • Pinch salt

Instructions

  1. For the simple syrup: In small saucepan, combine the 1½ cups water and 1 cup sugar together. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is completely dissolved. Reduce heat to medium-low and boil gently for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature (apx. 30-40 minutes). Add the lemon juice and lemon rind. Let mixture stand for at least an hour (or up to three hours to allow the flavor to develop. Strain mixture twice through a fine mesh sieve to remove the lemon pulp and rind. Discard the pulp and rind.

  2. For the rhubarb and strawberry juice: Combine the rhubarb, 1 cup of water and sugar in a large pot. Cover and bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and cook for approximately 5 minutes. Add the strawberries and 1¼ cups water along with a pinch of salt. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes longer, or until rhubarb and strawberries are softened. Remove from heat and let stand for about 20 minutes. Use a food masher to loosely mash and break down the pulp. Place a large fine wire mesh sieve over a heatproof bowl. Line the sieve with double layer of dampened cheesecloth. Pour the rhubarb and strawberry mixture into the sieve, letting the juice drip through. Use the back of a large spoon to very gently press the pulp in order to extract as much of the juice from the fruit as possible. Discard solids.

  3. To assemble: In large jug or bottle, combine the simple syrup with the strained rhubarb and strawberry juice. Stir well. Chill.

  4. To serve: Stir the chilled lemonade. Fill a glass approximately one-half full of ice cubes and add the lemonade. Garnish with a lemon wheel or fresh strawberry, if desired.

  5. Additional Serving Suggestions:

  6. Fill glass one-half full of lemonade. Top with sparkling water or clear soda such as lemon-lime, sprite, or grapefruit. Finish with ice cubes and a sprig of fresh mint.
  7. Add 1 oz of your favorite libation to a glass half-filled with ice cubes. Top with lemonade. Garnish with lemon wedge and strawberry.
  8. Lemonade will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Freezes well in airtight container.

Recipe Notes

Yield: Approximately 5-6 cups, depending on water content in fruit

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Glass mugs of Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade
Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

 

For other great lemonade recipes from My Island Bistro Kitchen, click on the links below:

Basic Lemonade
Sensational Strawberry Lemonade
Rhubarb Lemonade
Blueberry Lemonade