tipsy rhubarb – pink ladylike drinks for your Mother’s Day brunch

We have a brunch planned for this Sunday to celebrate Mother’s Day. The cooking will mostly be left up to the dad (at least I’m pretty sure he’ll volunteer), but I will make a small contribution of my own.

It’s rhubarb season again, and our patch is coming along nicely. We planted some last year and some again this year – we leave it for the first year uncut, but second year rhubarb is fair game. It’s easy to care for, so I most likely won’t be able to kill it easily. I just cut the flower stems off as I see them, before they bolt, the rest is good to go. Apparently they like a little manure spread around them too, so we’ll get to that sometime this weekend. Maybe.

I was able to cut enough stalks to make some syrup for these pretty drinks. One is a rhubarb version of Kir Royale, the other is a nice fresh non-alcoholic drink fit for the teatotalers (or you could add a splash of vodka to it).

For the drinks, first you need some simple syrup:

Rhubarb Simple Syrup

2 cups chopped rhubarb

1 cup sugar

1 ½ cups water

Add ingredients to a pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes until rhubarb is soft. Mash and strain rhubarb over a large bowl. Transfer liquid into a container and cool in fridge (don’t throw out the rhubarb, it is really good over ice cream).

To make the drinks:

Rhubarb and lime soda –  mix 1 part rhubarb simple syrup and 2 parts club soda over ice, garnish with lime wedge (this one is non-alcoholic, but feel free to add a little something to it).

Rhubarb Prosecco – add a small amount of rhubarb simple syrup to a glass and top with Prosecco (or Champagne). Garnish with a mint leaf (if, like me, your mint is taking over your garden already).

Linking to Frugally Sustainable, A Delightful Home, Beautify it Monday, A Pinch of Joy

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29 thoughts on “tipsy rhubarb – pink ladylike drinks for your Mother’s Day brunch

  1. Roar Sweetly says:

    That is the prettiest picture of drinks I think I’ve ever seen! Definitely mint and champers with mine.

  2. rhubarb Procescco–sounds wonderful

  3. Great drink idea! I’ll be making this soon. 🙂

  4. Somer says:

    Thanks for including a ‘Shirley Temple’ version for us that don’t drink alcohol! 😉 That looks soooo good!

  5. Well, we definitely have rhubarb in our garden and these look great! I’m afraid a nap would follow… 🙂

  6. Laura says:

    I love rhubarb, and this is such a creative idea. Thanks for sharing!

  7. amberwideman says:

    Those both sound incredibly delicious! My neighbour grows lots of rhubarb and encourages us to come and pick some whenever we want so I may just have to try these! Thanks!

  8. Oh, wow–you had me at “tipsy”…and then again at “rhubarb” Two of my favourite things in one post! Bookmarking this to try! (What do you usually use your simple syrup for?)
    anne

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  10. arzea says:

    These are beautiful!!!

  11. Shira says:

    I love this – they are gorgeous those glasses – and an easy cheap recipe – you are totally brilliant!

    • Finally, validation of my genious! 🙂 Thankyou. The glasses were wedding gifts. The husband showed remarkable taste when helping pick out the wedding registry. We’ve been using our crystal for 17 years now and have only managed to break 3 pieces out of all of it.

  12. Sounds yummy..something to do with our ever-growing rhubarb…Diane

  13. Such a great drink! I hope you don’t mind that I featured it on my blog round up for Mother’s Day. http://fieldsofcake.com/2012/05/09/brunch-for-mommy-a-round-up-of-amazing-ideas/

  14. introvertedblogger says:

    How delicious. Have a great Sunday!

  15. Marie says:

    Yummmmy! Even though Mother’s Day was yesterday, I feel like I still need to try the Rhubarb Prosecco today 🙂

  16. These both sound wonderful. I may have to make one more recipe with rhubarb this week! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  17. Reblogged this on Our Lady of Second Helpings and commented:
    Good Monday Morning! I am recovering from a sun drenched and food filled Mother’s Day. I hope everyone had a similarly wonderful day of rest whether you celebrated Mother’s Day or not.

    While I spend a little more time unwinding I thought you might enjoy this post by Lightly Crunchy. She made two gorgeous pink drinks with homemade rhubarb simple syrup. Cheers!

  18. Jennifer says:

    How pretty and pink!

  19. The rhubarb celebration continues! Thanks for liking my blog, and for posting these great drink ideas. Cheers!

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