Rhubarb Simple Syrup

Make your own Homemade Rhubarb Simple Syrup that you can use in cocktails, mocktails, desserts, and more! All You need is fresh rhubarb, sugar, and water to make this easy and delicious syrup.

rhubarb syrup with rhubarb pieces

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How to Make Rhubarb Syrup

Place all of the ingredients in a small saucepan on the stove over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to steep as it cools completely (at least 1 hour). Strain the rhubarb pieces from the liquid into a sealable jar or bottle. The syrup will last in the fridge in a sealed container for 1-2 weeks or can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Is Rhubarb Safe to Eat?

The stalks of a rhubarb plant are safe to eat. However, rhubarb leaves are poisonous and must be removed before using the stalks. If you grow your own rhubarb, when you harvest the stalks, remove the leaves at the same time. If you purchase rhubarb at the store or market and there are leaves still attached, remove them before storing the stalks in the fridge. The stalks actually keep longer without the leaves.

When shopping for rhubarb look for stalks that are firm and crisp. They should also be a deep red color and free from damage. The thinner and darker pink the rhubarb stalk is, the sweeter it will be.

close up of fresh rhubarb

Is Rhubarb Good For you?

Yes! Rhubarb is considered a superfood because the stalks are rich in antioxidants. According to some studies, rhubarb can also help lower cholesterol. Rhubarb can aid digestion because of the tannins and fiber found in its stalks. Rhubarb is also rich in vitamin K and has anthocyanins that can boost heart health by reducing inflammation.

rhubarb syrup in a bottle and fresh rhubarb stalks

What to Use Rhubarb Syrup For

  • Make a Rhubarb Cocktail.
  • Add to ice tea or lemonade.
  • Add to sparkling water for a refreshing mocktail.
  • Make a belini with champagne or presseco and syrup.
  • Drizzle over vanilla ice cream.
  • Give it as a gift!
a strawberry rhubarb cocktail with rhubarb garnish
Strawberry Rhubarb Cocktail

Other Flavor Variations

Rhubarb syrup is delicious on its own but you can also mix in other flavors for even more delicious syrup combinations.

  • Add some fresh ginger for some added spice.
  • Put in a vanilla bean for a rich balance to the bitter rhubarb
  • Add some fresh mint or basil for an herby punch.
  • Zest in some citrus peel for a bright addition.

Tools Needed to Make Homemade Syrup

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rhubarb syrup with rhubarb

Rhubarb Simple Syrup

An easy homemade Rhubarb Simple Syrup to use in cocktails, desserts, and more!
5 from 16 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Steep and Cool Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 50kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • small saucepan
  • mesh strainer
  • funnel
  • sealable bottle or jar

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups fresh rhubarb, washed and chopped
  • red food coloring (optional, see notes)

Instructions

  • Place all of the ingredients in a small saucepan on the stove over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly.
    rhubarb, sugar and water in a pan
  • Remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to steep as it cools completely (at least 1 hour). Strain the rhubarb pieces from the liquid into a sealable jar or bottle. If you are adding food coloring, add 1-2 drops to the bottle, seal the bottle and shake to combine. The syrup will last in the fridge in a sealed container for 1-2 weeks or can be frozen for up to 3 months.
    rhubarb syrup in a sealable bottle

Notes

  • Adding food coloring is completely optional. I find that the rhubarb that grows in my garden does not give as much tint to the syrup as I would like. If your rhubarb has more red coloring in it, you may not need to add color. I like the brighter pink color.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tbsp | Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.2g | Protein: 0.1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 12.7g | Calcium: 14mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

a bottle of rhubarb simple syrup and fresh rhubarb stalks
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