Easy to make, pretty pink rhubarb + elderflower cocktails are perfect to celebrate the arrival of spring and warm weather.
Seems that rhubarb and elderflowers are in abundance right now in gardens, markets and stores. I just discovered that I have rhubarb growing in my garden. Now, all I have to do is plant an elderberry bush so I can make this simple syrup every year.
This thirst-quenching pretty pink rhubarb + elderflower cocktails have me all giddy about creating fun drinks for the blog. I am no mixologist, but after I got the taste of this magic, I was hooked. The cocktail couldn’t be more simple. Create the easy homemade rhubarb, elderflower and thyme simple syrup, add a splash of vodka, fresh lemon and top off with sparkling water. You can also sub the vodka and use some champagne for the perfect champagne cocktail or mimosa.
If you’re in the mood to transform this into a mocktail, just omit the alcohol and add sparkling water for a refreshing drink your kids will love. Ohh, I bet this would be a fantastic popsicle. I’ll need to try that.
Couldn’t resist using my new 1 3/4 quart Le Creuset Saucepan to shoot this recipe in, because this pink color is life. Who doesn’t want a set of pink pots and pans? Thankful to them for sending me a few new pieces to play with. I felt like a kid in the candy store.
After watching my friend Jessica of Feed Me Dearly make something similar on her instagram stories, I was inspired to make something using those flavors myself.
At my local farmers market this morning, I spotted a basket of elderberry flowers and got excited. It was fate, I had to make some simple syrup using the elderflowers with rhubarb. I have a ton of rhubarb growing in my backyard so this gave me the perfect excuse to play with the flavors. Look at that color that comes out of the rhubarb and the smell is even more sensational.
When choosing your rhubarb, make sure to get the stalks that have more red in them for a brighter color syrup. A few other things to know below too.
THINGS TO NOTE ABOUT RHUBARB :
SEASON: Rhubarb can be found from late winter to early spring with a peak season from April to June.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR : Find thin, red, crisp stalks have the best texture. If stalks are floppy, that means they aren’t fresh.
HOW TO STORE : Use plastic wrap around the stalks and refrigerate for up to one week.
HOW TO PREPARE : Rinse well, then trim the bottoms and tops. If there are any leaves, slice off and discard (they are toxic).
Aren’t these just so pretty? You will wow anyone with these. The taste is spectacular.
This would make a perfect signature cocktail at your next gathering. Make a big batch of this and add it to a pretty clear pitcher all combined, leave the soda out for people to top their glasses with.
Let’s get sipping. Cheers lovelies!
Pretty pink rhubarb + elderflower cocktails are perfect to celebrate the arrival of spring and warm weather.
- 3 cups rhubarb, chopped into 2" pieces
- 4 cups water
- 4 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large sprigs of fresh thyme
- 1 handful elderflowers
- 6 tbsp simple syrup divided per glass
- 8 oz vodka, divided per glass or skip if making a mocktail
- sparkling water, top off each glass
- 4 tsp lemon, juiced
- 4 pieces elderflowers for garnish, optional
- 8 pieces rhubarb, peeled into long strips, optional
In a small saucepan, bring all of your rhubarb syrup ingredients to a slow boil. Let cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely before straining into a glass jar. Syrup can be stored in fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Fill each glass with ice. Using a peeler, peel the rhubarb longwise to get a pretty ribbon like strips. Add one to glass along the edge. (See photos above.)
Add in 1/2 tbsp of rhubarb + elderflower simple syrup per glass at the bottom. Follow with 2 oz vodka per glass. Add 1 tsp lemon juice into each glass and top with soda.
Garnish with one looped strip of rhubarb on top of the glass and a stem of fresh elderflower, optional. When ready to enjoy add a straw and mix well. Cheers!
Fill glasses with ice. Add 1-2 tbsp simple syrup per glass and top with sparkling water. Garnish and enjoy!
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