When processing rhubarb, you are often left with a delicious batch of tart, brightly coloured juice. I often add it directly to smoothies, but this last batch, I decided to try something new. Meet the Green Tea Rhubarb Lemonade.
- Juice from processing rhubarb (stewed)
- Green tea (brewed)
- 4 lemons
Pour your rhubarb juice into a pot. Add zest from the 4 lemons as well as the juice of those lemons.
Sweeten to taste. Add your choice of sweetener to the rhubarb & lemon juice mix to create a light syrup. I added honey to mine to cut down on the tartness.
Bring the rhubarb & lemon juice mixture to a simmer. Leave to simmer for 15 minutes to ensure that the sweetener is well absorbed. Taste test to ensure sweetness level is to your liking.
Brew your green tea. You can also do a black tea, though I haven’t tested that yet. I grabbed our large glass juice jug and brewed enough green tea for 3/4 of the jug.
Remove your rhubarb & lemon juice from the heat and pour mixture through a fine sieve to remove the zest or any small chunks of lemon. Pour the mixture into the jug of tea to top off the jug, approx. 1/4. Pour any remaining liquid into a container for storage. Can be frozen or made into ice cubes to add to smoothies.
Chill. Let the mixture get nice and chilled.
Grab a glass, add some ice cubes. Pour the green tea rhubarb lemonade beverage over the ice to keep cool and refreshing.
If you have been following along with all 3 rhubarb recipes, then you likely have some fruit leather. Add some to a skewer as a garnish for the drink.
Find a nice patio seat with a view, some sunshine, and sit back and relax with this refreshing beverage.
*Note: I have not yet tried to add any alcohol to make this into a summer adult beverage, but will likely try some vodka for the first tester. If you find it tart, then maybe a nice rum to add some sweetness.
Chit Chat Portion
I love home-brewed iced teas. My favourite tea to use was a Pure Leaf black tea with berries, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere. I have been enjoying the odd passionfruit iced tea from Tim Hortons or a green tea lemonade from Starbucks, which gave me the idea to try out some of my own mix. It turned out pretty darn good, and the sweetness can be adjusted as needed.
I do have to say, that I am likely going to tweak this a bit, and I didn’t think to actually measure anything, hence the lack of measurements and a lot of approximations in the steps. I think though, something like this is likely going to need to be adjusted for taste. Rhubarb is tart, and mixing it with lemonade only increased the tartness. Even with a bunch of sugar, it is still going to have that tart element to it. I like that, so this drink is likely going to be a bit of a summer drink for me this year.
I look forward to eventually having other berries growing in the garden so that I can make other versions of this. I rarely like drinks with strawberry, but that could be because they always taste so fake. Perhaps I will have to try a strawberry rhubarb ice tea mix in the future. We will see what I get up to once we are done building that last rock wall. I feel like I will have so much time on my hands and I am now so used to “needing” to get stuff done on the wall. I doubt that need will go away, so experimentation with recipes will supplement my non-idle hands.
My next post should be about our wall and the progress we have made. Part 1 of 3 should be complete, and hopefully onto part 2 of 3. We will see if this mild weather keeps up, which will allow us to work longer. Once we get into the 30C and up range, it is unpleasant hauling rocks, so we will likely take a hiatus until the fall and focus instead on all the great stuff growing in our garden.
Until then, I hope you have a hankering for some rhubarb and try out these last 3 great recipes!