Rosemary Lemon Rhubarb Spritzer

Sparkling punch spritzer made with vibrant pink rhubarb and accented with rosemary and lemon juice. Perfect for a spring brunch.

Elise Bauer

I was told by my friends, "whatever you do, don't call it a rhubarb anything, or no one will want to make it."

Ever since Garrett gave me some of his rhubarb rosemary jelly a few weeks ago, I've been experimenting with rhubarb and rosemary.

The combination really is outrageously good, though sadly, I seriously doubt that I can convince you of it, without actually feeding it to you myself. If you are adventurous, like rhubarb, and like rosemary, I urge you to try this concoction.

Garrett thought we should call it a "rhuby slipper", which I like, or perhaps a "pink princess" would be fitting?

The following recipe would make a great punch for a bridesmaid shower. Or a birthday gathering of 6 year old girls in princess outfits. I served it to a group of Sacramento food bloggers to rave reviews.

Rosemary Lemon Rhubarb Spritzer

Total Time 0 mins
Yield 3 cups of syrup

Ingredients

  • 1 pound rhubarb, cleaned, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • Soda water or carbonated water

Method

  1. Simmer rhubarb, water, sugar, rosemary:

    Put rhubarb pieces, water, sugar, and rosemary leaves into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes. Rhubarb pieces will disintegrate.

  2. Strain, add lemon juice, chill:

    Remove from heat. Strain out the solids with a fine mesh strainer. Add lemon juice. If too sweet for taste, add a little more lemon juice. Chill until ready to serve.

  3. Add soda water to serve:

    To serve, fill a quarter to a half of the glass with the lemon, rhubarb, rosemary syrup, and the rest with soda water.

Rosemary Lemon Rhubarb Spritzer
Elise Bauer