Strawberry Rhubarb Soda

 

Nothing says summer sweetness like fresh Wisconsin strawberries. You can almost taste the sunshine in each berry. As it is the season to harvest these little morsels of heaven, we wanted to share a recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Soda from one of our fellow Manitowish Waters dwellers, Jen B. of Grainline Studio.  

When summer comes, we love fresh, fruity, + bubbly drinks. This recipe is all of those things with plenty of potential for cocktails and mocktails. You start with a strawberry rhubarb simple syrup and then add bubbles or mixers of choice. Jen likes it with sparkling water + ice - plain and simple. Want to add a kick to your soda? Find cocktails made with your favorite spirit below.


RECIPE

By: Jen B.
Strawberry Rhubarb Simple Syrup
Drink in a Keep Cup, available for purchase here.

Ingredients:
1 lb fresh strawberries
1 cup chopped rhubarb (3-4 stalks depending on the size)
1 ½ cups sugar (up to 2 if you like a sweeter syrup)
1 lemon

Method:
Chop the rhubarb into small pieces. Place into a pan and add water until the rhubarb is just covered, approx. 1 cup. Bring to a boil and let simmer until Rhubarb is soft and has lost its color. Remove rhubarb and discard.

Remove the tops from the strawberries, then in a food processor puree your strawberries. Add to the rhubarb water along with the juice of one lemon to brighten the flavor, and the sugar to sweeten the mixture.

Bring to a boil while stirring frequently to dissolve the sugar. Simmer for approximately 5 minutes or until the syrup coats the back of a spoon. The liquid may seem too thin for this type of syrup but keep in mind it will continue to thicken as it cools and if it’s too thick it won’t mix well into your drink.

Remove the pan from heat and strain the syrup through a mesh strainer into your container to remove any seeds or rhubarb remnants. Store in the refrigerator.

For a simply refreshing Strawberry Rhubarb Soda, just add sparkling water + ice. 

 

Cocktail Creations

Enjoy strawberry rhubarb soda with a kick. Whatever your style, this syrup can be used in most anything. In each cocktail recipe, just replace the strawberry, rhubarb, + sugar parts with our delicious simple syrup and voila! Here's a few of our suggestions: 

For the freshness: Vodka
For the boat: Rum
For the Friday fiesta: Tequila
For the happy hour : Gin
For the after dinner drink: Bourbon
For the brunch date: Prosecco