Sunday, May 25, 2014

Rhubarb Drink


Hi friends! Happy Weekend.

Our amazing weather has called for picnics and I decided to pop in here to share a current favourite picnic item with you. Rhubarb Drink is a fantastic kid /(or adult) kitchen project. It's a beautiful alternative to lemonade.

One of the first times I remember seeing the pink hues of a rhubarb drink was on the cover of one of the very, first Martha Stewart magazine covers.  I moved to Sweden shortly after this and landed in a
country where it is very common to make berry and fruit concentrates for drinks.  I was so impressed that my husband knew how to make this beautiful drink already.

I love the wholesome ritual of making fruit concentrates  --- from the gathering to the making to the final process of assembling just the right mix for your own palette. Swedish summer homes and homemade "saft" (fruit concentrate drinks) are synonymous here and rhubarb is abundant.  Since rhubarb is one of the first Spring fruits, it's a great way to kick off the celebrations of outdoor gatherings. Add this to sparkling water and you have a Fruit Soda! Happy Creating. Make this with your kids.

If you have your own garden, rhubarb is easy to pick but, it's in all most markets right now, too. Rhubarb's size lends itself perfectly to young hands that are practising the art of kitchen slicing. If you would like to do this with the kids, there will be some heating on the stove that will need adult supervision but, otherwise, it's a creation for the kids from beginning to the end: they can pick, slice, prepare, and make the concentrate and later enjoy it as is or with sparking water. Enjoy.

Rhubarb Drink Concentrate:

1 kg/ 1.2 pounds rhubarb
1.5 l / 6 1/2 cups of water
2- 4.5 cups granulated sugar (this is to taste!)
Lemon, optional

Cut the rhubarb into small pieces and boil in water for about 15 minutes, do not touch because this will cause the juice to become cloudy. Strain and discard the rhubarb leftovers.  Boil the broth again with sugar and lemon juice until dissolved,  let cool. Pour the juice into a bottle and refrigerate. 

Once chilled, it's up to you to flavour to taste. To serve, you will mix the concentrate with water to reach a desired concentrations. I typically use about 1-3 concentrate/water ratio.  If you'd like to make a Rhubarb Soda, mix the same (keeping it slightly stronger) and add sparking water! The bubbles add so much.

Happy Making whether you are creating on a a weekend or celebrating. Happy Mother's Day Sweden + France, Happy Memorial Day Weekend, US!

Willowday wishes.

Something you might like:
Rhubarb Muffins
Nice Ice
Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies (A 2-in-1 recipe)
Flower Straw Toppers (yes, that's rhubarb drink!)


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4 comments:

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    1. Thank you so much Sian! I hope you're experiencing picnic days, too.

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  2. We have elderflower and raspberry sirup at home.
    Best, Natalie

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    1. Natalie, that sounds like an amazing combination! I'm crazy about elderberry syrup.

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