Rhubarb Simple Syrup
This is almost too simple to post but I just had to, it’s so good. I know there are a million recipes out there for flavored syrups but I wanted to share this. I love making syrups, all different flavors I use them all summer for drinks, sorbet, ice creams and in desserts. Have I mentioned how much I love making syrups. I have the blood orange syrup, now rhubarb and I think I will make grapefruit. They are so simple to make, last forever refrigerated and have so many uses. The color is gorgeous too! How about a snow cone on a hot summers day, shaved ice and fruit syrup, Delicious!!! Note: For more intense rhubarb flavor increase rhubarb to 2 stalks, increase sugar to 1 1/2 cups and water to 1 1/2 cups.
Rhubarb Simple Syrup
Makes 12 oz
1 large stalks rhubarb
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
juice of half a lemon (approximately 2 tbs)
Add everything to a small sauce pan and bring to a boil, reduce heat to med/high and cook at a low boil for 5-7 minutes or until rhubarb is very soft. Turn off heat and let sit in the pot for 10 minutes. Strain into sterilized jar pressing on the rhubarb to get every bit of juice. Cover and refrigerate.
Never had rhubarb, sounds easy enough to try though. And I love mason jars, I like making jams in them 🙂
I love rhubarb, it’s great mixed with other fruit, strawberries, apples in pie and I love it on it’s own made into a compote. It’s very tart and has a delicious distinct flavor. I have jar after jar of homemade jam, I too love those mason jars.
A good syrup sounds is perfect for all occasions 🙂
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It is all purpose, utilitarian and practical to have around. Thanks so much.
Yum!! …and I just bought a funky new snow cone machine!! I’m in! Thanks for the great idea!!
Oh yes, I want to get a snow cone machine. I use the ice cubes in a tea towel and thrash around banging it on the counter. Thanks so much.
You’ve sold me. I’m already thinking rhubarb with ginger. I’ve never made a syrup but love the idea of them. And fairly easy to make I would’ve thought. That’s why I kept those jars instead of recycling!
Me too, I keep every mason jar that I get. Oh yes, with ginger it would be amazing. I love adding herbs also to simple syrups. They can be used in so many ways, I love having them around. Thank you.
Nothing wrong with simple in my house. The simpler the better. Never made syrup. Sounds easy to make and delicious. 🙂
LOL, yes nothing wrong with it all. it’s what I am all about really. The syrup is really good and I am a big rhubarb fan. Thanks so much Francesca.
Where did you find rhubarb?! I’m very patiently waiting and haven’t seen any at the market yet 😦 It does look delicious!
I haven’t seen it at the farmers market so I got it from Fresh Direct. To me it seems like everything is late this year at the market. Thanks so much.
Boo, you got me excited for a minute! I’ll see how long I can hold out, but might need to resort to Fresh Direct too.
It’s so frustrating, honestly, haven’t seen a berry yet, no asparagus, I too am growing impatient which is why I did the fresh direct thing. Must say though the rhubarb was great, really fresh and crisp.
We’ve got rhubarb in our markets now, so I’m pinning this to remind myself to make it. I make a strawberry – rhubarb syrup and use it in the same ways – It’s perfect for this time of year!!
Yes strawberry rhubarb is so good, That will be made very soon also!
What a delicious idea… can’t wait to go to the Farmers Market on Thursday and look for rhubarb
Thank you so much, I hope on Saturday there is some in my local farmers market. I love rhubarb!
this would be beautiful on a fruit salad. And my rhubarb is up – ready for harvesting!! Hurray….
Yes I use on fruit salad and it’s wonderful, thank you so much,
Beautiful! One of my food goals this year was to get some rhubarb and do something with it. I’ve actually never even tried rhubarb (crazy, I know). I think I may be running out of time this year, but I just haven’t gotten to it yet…
Wow, well I don’t think you are alone on that, rhubarb has such a short season and most don’t know what to do with it but it’s so wonderful either on its own or mixed with other fruits. I hope you like it.
What a gorgeous color!! I have never made any kind of simple syrup beside the generic water/sugar kind! Oh, my, since rhubarb is one of my favorite things EVER, I will have to try this! Something is eating all my leaves, now, so I’ll have to see if any stalks survive!!
Oh no, i hope you have some surviving stalks. Flavored simple syrups are wonderful, I hope you enjoy.
Suzanne – this is brilliant! I love this! The color is absolutely gorgeous and rhubarb would be so delicious in so many things…I love the snow cone idea! I can’t wait to see the post about grapefruit simple syrup – yum!!!
Thank you it is so beautiful, almost neon it’s so bright. I want to experiment with herbs infused in the simple syrups also.
Add some of that gorgeous rhubarb syrup to a glass of Prosecco . . . so delicious!! Salud!! :o)
On Mothers day, definitely!! Thanks.
Excellent idea! And ooh, I second the idea of this with Prosecco! (The “sharbat” version of rhubarb, quite similar, is super popular in my home country as well as a summer drink.)
Yes with prosecco is wonderful, it can also be used to sweeten lemonade or limeade and would be delicious!
Love the sound of this! Really enjoy rhubarb and will be planting some next year so will be looking for recipes to make with it. 🙂
How lucky that you can plant rhubarb, I would love to have a garden where I can grow vegetables, unfortunately it’s difficult here in Brooklyn, not just the soil but all the critters wreak havoc. Thanks so much.
What a wonderful way to preserve rhubarb, Suzanne! I’m making a batch today to serve on Mother’s Day with champagne. Such beautiful rosy color! Thanks for sharing!
Thats exactly where my syrup is going in champagne or prosecco on Mothers day. BTW, Happy Mothers day Hannah!
i hope i’m living next to you…
i’m a big fans of rhubarb too..
especially rhubarb jell-O
Oh my yes!! thats brilliant, rhubarb jello would be amazing.
I just happen to have rhubarb almost ready to cut! I also have an ice cream maker, the sorbet sounds like it would be awesome! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Lucky lucky you having rhubarb in your garden. Let me know if you make the sorbet, I know it will be delicious. I would actually increase the rhubarb in the recipe to at least two stalks maybe 3 to intensify the flavor of the rhubarb or add strawberries, really yummy!
I was thinking I would increase it too! Thanks for suggesting it. I have rhubarb in with my flowers because I like the colors 🙂 It grows so fast too, I love it!
Thanks for sharing this syrup! I love rhubarb everything 🙂
Thank you, me too! Is there a rhubarb beer?
This one brewery just had a Strawberry rhubarb beer but it ran out so I didn’t get to try it 😦 I am sure some other breweries have probably done it too.
That is suh a gorgeous color! It totally reminds me of a watermelon jolly rancher, hahaha!! Yummmmm.
LOL, OMG, you are so right. It is the color of the jolly rancher. It’s so bright it’s almost neon and tastes so good.
Now I’m craving jolly ranchers lol!! Soooo pretty.
Have you tried rhubarb-syrup with Prosecco? It’s a great spring/summer drink and it’s best with home-made rhubarb-syrup.
Thats exactly what I am doing this weekend. i have a nice Prosecco and I have never had with the syrup before. I can’t wait to try it. I am making a chiffon cake with roasted strawberry rhubarb compote and that’s what I will be drinking with it.
And that’s it? You are right! It is so simple. I have never made simple syrups and just because you love them so much I think I better give this a go. I must be missing out on something. I do love the color of this one. I probably should always have syrups in the house with a teenager around…don’t you think?
I love making flavored syrups, so easy and they keep so well and if you like flavored soda’s you control the sugar adding to sparkling water.Yes with kids around it’s a good thing to have in the fridge. Thanks so much.
ciao! will definitely be making this and other flavours…you inspired me 🙂
Thank you, I love having several different flavors available, so versatile.
Yum and I’m LOVING the snow cone and Prosecco ideas. Prosecco and lemonade is one of my summer favorites – now I will be making simple syrups to try!
I know right, Prosecco and lemonade is delicious and I can’t wait to try with the rhubarb syrup. Thank you so much. Happy Mothers Day!
Oh my goodness…all that beautiful color from one stalk of rhubarb. Amazing!
Amazing really, yes 1 stalk of rhubarb produced this beautiful syrup. Thanks so much.
Ok…I’m doing this. Can’t wait.
Thank you, I hope you like!
Definitely not too simple to post. It’s a wonderful idea and a great way to conserve a heap of rhubarb. I assume it would freeze well?
Yes it would freeze well, I know it’s not exactly healthful using sugar but you only use a few tbs for drinks. I wonder if coconut sugar would be good or would work, Have never used it before. Thanks so much.
I think I would use yucon syrup – I can imagine it would work really well…
Yucon syrup ok, I have never used before. Would you still need to cook? Maybe not as long.
I assume you would to bring out the flavour of the rhubarb? Yucon syrup has the most wonderful flavour – slightly malty, slightly honey-like. It’s good because it has a very low-GI and is even recommended for diabetics.
Oh how wonderful, I’d never thought of making a rhubarb syrup….off outdoors to see if we have any left! How good would this be in the summer to drizzle into drinks or onto puds. Fabulous!
It’s really wonderful, thank you its fantastic on so many ways. How lucky you are to have fresh rhubarb growing in your garden.
Aw yuuuum! I love rhubarb and I can already imagine using this in plenty of delicious cocktails 🙂 Do you have a signature cocktail that you enjoy with this syrup? I’m thinking mint, gin, crushed ice… maybe some soda water? Thanks for sharing your recipe. Definitely not too simple to share!! x
Getting some rhubarb this weekend I hope at the farmers market. This looks good. Have you made any cocktails with it?
Yes only one, I used most of it the ice cream and have a little left. I made up a cocktail and it was good, muddled lime, rhubarb syrup and vodka. It was really good! I am also hoping that there is rhubarb at the farmers market this weekend along with some strawberries, i want to make some more. Thanks hope you enjoy!
Love this recipe! The name of your blog also made me smile 🙂
Oh my goodness! I am growing rhubarb in my new organic garden! I am so excited to try this recipe very soon as the rhubarb is growing quite quickly!
Oh lucky, let me know how you like it if you make it. Thank you so much.
My rhubard is almost ready in the garden to try this awesome syrup! Will let you know the outcome! Okay, back to the playoffs……………
I just made another batch yesterday, experimented and added some fresh raspberries, its delicious. Can’t wait to hear how you like. Thanks so much.
My son (he’s 15) came home with a sno-cone machine the other day. He brought home a few “flavors” and when I tried one…it was awful! I read the ingredients on his flavor bottle and sure enough, not only high fructose corn syrup and preservatives but also all kinds of “color #’s” too! I told him I have something better to try! I remembered this post from a few months ago. Sure enough! I made it and he loves it! Thanks again for the idea. He was really happy to have a healthier version! 🙂
I am just so happy to know that you tried this and that your son liked it. I use the simple syrup for the girls also, when I make them snow cones or even a little in a fruit smoothie (they like sweet stuff a lot) Thank you so much I so appreciate it!
Thanks for the shout out. rhubarb and lime sounds amazing. Thats my next syrup. Love the sorbet!!