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Rhubarb Simple Syrup

This tangy and sweet Rhubarb Simple Syrup is a delicious addition to your favourite drinks! Only 3 ingredients and ready in just minutes.

Rhubarb simple syrup is so easy to make, and is a great way to use up fresh (or frozen) rhubarb. When added to drinks it adds a perfectly delicious sweet and tangy rhubarb flavour. Not to mention how pretty it looks! I mean just look at that gorgeous ruby red colour!

two small jars filled with rhubarb syrup. in the background are stalks of rhubarb

About Simple Syrups:

Simple syrups are liquid sweeteners that are added to drinks. They’re made up of sugar and water, but can have additional flavours added to them, like rhubarb. You can buy simple syrups, but they’re SO simple to make at home…and you can experiment with different flavours! This recipe for rhubarb simple syrup is sweet with the distinct tang and flavour of rhubarb!

two small jars filled with rhubarb syrup. in the background are stalks of rhubarb

How to Make Rhubarb Simple Syrup:

Here is a visual look at the process of making rhubarb simple syrup. This whole process only takes about 20 minutes!

a top down image of a saucepan filled with chopped rhubarb and water

Add water + rhubarb to a pot.

an image of a sieve sitting on top of a glass measuring cup straining rhubarb juice into the cup

Simmer then strain.

a top down image of a sieve filled with cooked rhubarb pulp

Gently press to get more juice.

a top down image of a measuring glass filled with rhubarb juice

Add sugar + simmer in a pot on the stove.

two small jars filled with rhubarb syrup. in the background are stalks of rhubarb

Serving Suggestions for Rhubarb Simple Syrup:

  • Add a splash to your water!
  • Mix it into your favourite cocktails. It is especially delicious in this Rhubarb Cranberry Gin Cocktail. Or mix it into this Blackcurrant Drop.
  • Put some into sparkling water or club soda for a refreshing summer drink. Add some fresh mint leaves too!
  • Mix some rhubarb simple syrup into these frozen lemonades!
  • Add it to punches.
a mason jar glass filled with a pink drink and ice

Rhubarb Simple Syrup Recipe Tips:

  • RHUBARB: You can use fresh rhubarb or frozen rhubarb (do not use the leaves).
  • TIMING: Make sure not to over boil the mixture or you will lose the pretty pink colour. Just follow the timing listed in the recipe card below.
  • STORAGE: Keep in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  • FREEZING: Yes, you can freeze rhubarb syrup. NOTE: Keep in mind that liquids expand in the freezer, so don’t fill the container to the top (keep a couple inches of headspace).
  • WHAT TO DO WITH THE RHUBARB PULP? You can discard the pulp, but I hate food waste so I use it to make Rhubarb Oatmeal Muffins!
  • VARIATIONS: You can add other fruits to the mixture for different flavours. Here are some ideas (just keep the total amount of 4 cups the same):
    • Strawberry Rhubarb
    • Raspberry Rhubarb
    • Blueberry or Blackberry Rhubarb
    • Rhubarb Ginger (add ~ 2 tbsp fresh grated ginger to the pot)

Option: Making Rhubarb Syrup:

If you would like to make a thicker syrup, simmer the rhubarb juice and sugar longer, until the mixture is more the consistency of table syrup. Rhubarb syrup can then be drizzled onto pancakes, waffles or french toast. Pour onto vanilla ice cream, or drizzle onto cakes (this Strawberry Rhubarb Cake would be perfect with it!).

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Rhubarb Simple Syrup

two small jars filled with rhubarb syrup. in the background are stalks of rhubarb

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This tangy and sweet Rhubarb Simple Syrup is a delicious addition to your favourite drinks! Only 3 ingredients and ready in just minutes.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/2 cups 1x
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 4 cups chopped rhubarb (about 6 medium rhubarb stalks)
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Chop the rhubarb then add it to a saucepan with the water.
  2. Simmer on medium heat for about 10 minutes, until the rhubarb is soft, stir often.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Use a fine mesh strainer to strain the juice from the rhubarb. Press the rhubarb gently with a spoon to get more juice from it. You can see how I did this part in the images above. 
  5. You will be left with juice and rhubarb pulp. You can discard the pulp or use it in baking (see tips).
  6. Add the strained rhubarb juice to a clean saucepan with the sugar. 
  7. Simmer for about 2 minutes, just until the sugar dissolves.
  8. Remove from heat, cool, then refrigerate.

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