Rhubarb Lemonade Recipe

Rhubarb Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade comes to us straight from authors John Gillespie & Christina Symons and their book Sow Simple: 100+ Green and Easy Projects to Make Your Garden Awesome (Harbour Publishing). When rhubarb is in season, I certainly can’t get enough. I’m happy John and Christina have joined us today to share the recipe!

Rhubarb Lemonade Recipe

A splash of rhubarb syrup or compote adds a tart tang and cheeky pink tinge to an otherwise ordinary drink. We like to mix it with our classic lemonade or an inexpensive sparkling wine. Adding an ounce or two of vodka will take your rhubarb drink to the next level, if you know what we mean.


  • 4 cups (1 liter) fresh chopped rhubarb
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) water
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Make it!

  1. Place rhubarb in a pot, then add 1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar (or more if you like it sweeter) and 1/2 cup (125 mL) water, plus the juice of 1 lemon (optional, to extend the color if you are saving the syrup for later).
  2. Bring the rhubarb mixture to a low simmer, stirring to prevent scorching. Cook your rhubarb until soft, making a nice compote.
  3. Strain the compote using a sieve or loosely-woven cheesecloth, allowing the syrupy liquid to collect in a large bowl.
  4. Pour the syrup into a bottle and store in the refrigerator.
  5. Use the remaining pulp for loaves or muffins, or compost it.
  6. Once you’ve made your rhubarb syrup, when the mood strikes, simply add a spoonful to your lemonade or other drinks. Stir and enjoy!

TIP: You can skip straining your compote into syrup if you are lazy or don’t mind a heavier drink (just give it a cool name like Pulp Fiction). Either way, delicious.Sow Simple: 100+ Green and Easy Projects to Make Your Garden Awesome

Pick up your very own copy of Sow Simple: 100+ Green and Easy Projects to Make Your Garden Awesome for much more garden-y goodness from John and Christina.


About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Tara
    TaraMarch 6,14

    This looks gorgeous! I’m definitely trying it – I love rhubarb!

  2. Joanna
    JoannaMay 24,17

    can I use coconut instead of reg sugar? what is the ratio?

    • Stephanie
      StephanieMay 24,17

      Go for it! Just try with less and taste to get it to where you like it. Let us know how it goes :)

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