Sunday, May 29, 2011

Rhubarb Vanilla Soda

After making the rhubarb jam, I had extra rhubarb leftover. I had the Put 'em Up book checked out from the library and the rhubarb soda recipe caught my eye. I had enough to double the batch, so I chopped and boiled and mixed and ended up with these pretty pink containers of syrup.

After the mixture reduces, the solids are strained out.

A goopy green mess is left behind.

It was easy enough to make and since I am smitten with ginger syrup and love rhubarb, I figured this would be a tasty, refreshing treat. Turns out that I think it is a bit off putting. We tried it mixed with seltzer water and it tasted sour without much else coming through. I tried it by itself to see if I just didn't like the seltzer combo. It baffles me that rhubarb, sugar and vanilla can yield such a questionable flavor. I think the best way to drink this is to just mix it with water and ice, but I am still not sure I like it.

However, I do want to say that Put 'em Up is a fun book. After I checked it out from the library, I paged through it to see what recipes I would be interested in making. By the time I got to the end of the book, I had a ridiculous amount of post-it notes sticking out of the sides. I like that this book is organized by ingredient so if you have extra rhubarb, you can go the rhubarb section for ideas. I plan to add it to my collection someday, I'll just skip over the Rhubarb Soda recipe in the future.


  1. I've not ever eaten much rhubarb, but if memory serves me right, when you make a rhubarb pie you mix another fruit with the rhubarb. Maybe if you made a berry syrup and mixed it the flavor would be better.

  2. You should use it to make rhubarbaritas! Just use the rhubard syrup instead of the simple syup - Yummy!


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