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Thursday, May 21

Rhubarb Simple Syrup

I’m back in the kitchen! Yay! Today I have a fun seasonal recipe for you – rhubarb simple syrup!

rhubarb simple syrup from @janemaynard

Whether or not you like rhubarb you’ll like this syrup. With all the sugar involved it is anything but tart, and it adds a nice, subtle flavor twist to lemonades, punches, cocktails and more. You could even just drizzle a bit over ice cream or plain yogurt!

rhubarb for simple syrup by @janemaynardrhubarb for simple syrup by @janemaynard

I will have a recipe on Babble soon for Raspberry Rhubarb Sangria (including a alcohol-free version) that I will for sure share a link to when it goes live, and next week I just might have a Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade recipe for you, too. (Okay, I do, but you have to wait!)

rhubarb simple syrup by @janemaynard

Rhubarb Simple Syrup
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Perfect for flavoring drinks of all kinds!
Serves: ~9 ounces
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup chopped fresh rhubarb, ½" pieces (about 2 stalks)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (optional)
  1. Combine sugar, water and rhubarb in a medium pot. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer mixture for 25 minutes.
  3. Strain mixture though a fine mesh sieve.
  4. Store in the refrigerator. Makes a little more than 1 cup of syrup.



  1. I can see putting this beautiful simple syrup in SO many things! Love the idea of adding it to a sangria!

  2. 2

    my dad loves rubarb!!!! i need to try and make this for him!!!!

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    Nikki CB

    This looks cool! And it doesn’t look as difficult as I would have guessed. I never cook with rhubarb – I’m going to have to break that fast.

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    Diana Faryniarz

    How long can you store it? Can you can it to save for later as well?

    • Hi Diana!

      This will last for a LONG time in the fridge…definitely several weeks, I might even go as far as to say months.

      I don’t know about freezing, but you can also preserve simple syrup by canning if you want to keep it for a really long time. Just follow regular canning instructions like you would can anything else.

      hope that is helpful!

  5. 5

    Do you think you could use this same recipe for other fruits? a neighbor just gave us 3 containers of blueberries and neither my hubs or I like the texture of blueberries. :-X
    Blueberry syrup on the other hand…

  6. 6

    I use this in a special rhubarb float. 2 scoops vanilla ice cream, ginger ale or Sprite, rhubarb simple syrup, garnish with mint sprig.

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