Rhubarb madness

by Patricia on June 1, 2009 · 5 comments

After the sorbet, I was left with about a pound of rhubarb. My first thoughts led to pies and cakes, but I have been trying to eat lighter and have been craving refreshments more as the weather begins to warm up. And that was when I ran across the rosemary lemon rhubarb spritzer on Simple Recipes. Rosemary and rhubarb? Sounds a little odd, right? But I do love rosemary. And rhubarb is my new best friend. So I decided to trust Elise and try it.


The results were delicious. I’ve only tried it as a non-alcoholic spritzer, but I think the syrup would be tasty with vodka or champagne. The lemon and rhubarb dominate, but then you get a hint of rosemary that adds complexity to the flavor. I am no longer a skeptic, rosemary and rhubarb do belong together.

Other rhubarb recipes I’d like to try sometime soon…

Edna Lewis’ busy day cake with rhubarb compote from Ezra Pound Cake

Big crumb coffee cake with rhubarb from Smitten Kitchen

Rhubarb Sorbet from Simply Recipes (this one is just straight up rhubarb, no strawberries… with a little ginger to give it zing).

Rhubarb apple cinnamon muffins from Two Peas and Their Pod

And a list of pies in some old cookbooks I have kickin’ around.


1 Matt June 12, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Hmm, I wonder if you could make a cider from this. Probably worth a try.

2 Elise June 2, 2009 at 6:53 am

Oh, I’m so glad you made that spritzer! Isn’t it an unusual combination? I just love the added dimension of the rosemary. I even made this as a jelled, molded salad with cucumbers. Crazy retro I know, but I loved it. I can also strongly recommend that rhubarb sorbet. Garrett and I created it together one day and the ginger and orange zest really make it.

3 Kristen June 1, 2009 at 8:04 pm

That looks so pretty! I would have not thought of that combination but it sounds delightful. I am in a rhubarb rut and need to find a way out of the usual. Thanks!

4 Kyu June 1, 2009 at 5:02 pm

I think I will try this recipe.
Yes Rhubarb is a marvel.
Crystal and I used to pick it in Idaho at my Grandma Lee’s for her to make strawberry-rhubarb pie and strawberry-rhubarb jam.
She would make the pie on the day she was making a batch of the jam.
I remember thinking then that rhubarb was a funny plant.
Crystal and I used to chewing on raw pieces of it for the sour tart taste. Much like how kids like to eat the sour pucker candies they eat today. Except the rhubarb was not all that sweet so we would take a few strawberries from her garden and eat one right after chewing on the rhubarb.
Thanks this brought back a very happy childhood memory for me.
Maybe I ought to think about making a batch of that jam and a pie.

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