Freckled Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

by Megan on April 9, 2014

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Stephanie at Girl Versus Dough is having a baby! A girl! And if this isn’t a reason to put rhubarb in everything to make it ladylike and pink, I don’t know what is. So let’s make this lemonade and toast to Stephanie and the future little lady in her life.

This lemonade could easily be frozen into ice pops. It could just as easily be mixed with vodka (not right now, Stephanie) for sipping in the backyard at your mint majesty picnic table. It could also be used in lieu of orange juice at a brunch party. Basically, I want to incorporate it into everything.

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But get ready and beware and stuff because if you come over to try this, I promise I’ll serve it up with the most annoying amount of garnish possible. 90% of it will not be edible and you’ll probably toss it all on the lawn. And I want you to know that if you love this drink enough for the disco trees and rhubarb to be strewn in order to sip it quicker, then I ain’t mad at ya.

So in conclusion, congratulations to Stephanie!  I’m so excited for you! Can’t wait to see photos of the little lady!

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Freckled Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade
Recipe adapted from the original gangsta recipe


rhubarb syrup  (yields 1 1/2 cups) –

  • 4 cups rhubarb, chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

base –

  • 1 cup of fresh-squeezed lemon juice (or juice from 4 lemons)
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 2 cups strawberries, hull yeah
plus –
  • 2-3 cups cold water, to dilute
  • ice and lemon wedges, to serve
  1. Make a rhubarb syrup. Place the rhubarb, sugar, and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring now and then, for 20 minutes. Strain, reserving solids for serving on French Toast or for on ice cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Chill in the fridge until time to make the lemonade.
  2. Puree these strawberries with the vanilla bean seeds. Strain. Add rhubarb syrup and strawberry juice to a pitcher.
  3. Pour the fresh-squeezed lemon juice through a fine-mesh strainer (unless you like it pulpy)  and into the pitcher. Pour 2 cups of cold water over the base to dilute. Chill in the fridge for an hour.
  4. Sample your lemonade in a teeny cup and if it’s too sweet for you add more lemon juice, if it’s too tart add a bit more water. Serve over ice with a lemon wedge. Enjoy!

Yay! Click HERE for a printable pdf of the recipe above.

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Chop it like it’s hot.

P.S. Check out everyone else who contributed after the jump!

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Super Simple Sugar Cookies from Espresso and Cream

Raspberry Acai Frozen Margarita from Nutmeg Nanny

Berry Coconut Frozen Yogurt from The Law Student’s Wife

Pretty in Pink Buttercream Cups from Keep it Sweet Desserts

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Neapolitan Baked Doughnuts from Climbing Grier Mountain

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Nicole April 9, 2014 at 9:56 am

I need to get on this rhubarb train because I need more hot pink in my life. You know I’d love nothing more than to sip one of these on your mint majesty picnic table!! Congrats to Steph!


molly yeh April 9, 2014 at 10:14 am

oh man this is gorgeous!! i love that color. and yayyy stephanie!!!!


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 9, 2014 at 10:20 am

Yay Steph!! And this lemonade is winner of all the lemonades. Yum!


Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough April 9, 2014 at 10:37 am

Totally making this drink soonest (and adding that vodka to it in a few weeks ;))! And there is no such thing as too many a garnish, especially when disco trees are involved. Thank you SO much, Megan! This is just the best surprise.


Erika April 9, 2014 at 10:46 am

I just wanna drink that entire pitcher.. Love this!


Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker April 9, 2014 at 11:07 am

Gaah. This drink has my name written aall over it.


Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon April 9, 2014 at 11:15 am

This is simply gorgeous and I need this lemonade to appear in my kitchen! Pinned.


Julia April 9, 2014 at 11:19 am

Lookit that rhubarb! WoooooWEE! So gorgeous! There’s nothing better than refreshing strawberry rhubarb lemonade, and this is the perfect drink for Steph’s baby shower! So happy to make your acquaintance through our girly Steph!


Amy | Club Narwhal April 9, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Megan, this is the most cheerful looking lemonade ever! And it has the bombest flavor combo. What a perfect baby shower treat 🙂


Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction April 9, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Strawberry rhubarb is one of my favorite combinations! This lemonade sounds wonderful!


Cindy April 9, 2014 at 12:48 pm

You know I’m a fan of all things pink and lemonade! This is the best color ever…I could totally see mimosa-fying it (in a few months, tho, duh).


Meredith April 9, 2014 at 1:52 pm

I was seriously obsessed w/ rhubarb this time last year. So excited its that time again! That color is awesome and I’m intrigued by the addition of vanilla bean in here. I must make this soon!!


Eileen April 9, 2014 at 1:56 pm

This has to be one of the most beautiful drinks ever! and the fact that it’s strawberry-rhubarb is just the icing on the cake. 🙂 Love it!


Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe April 9, 2014 at 3:49 pm

I’m totes cool with an annoying amount of garnishes. This lemonade looks so pretty and totally thirst-quenching!


Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking April 9, 2014 at 3:54 pm

I am madly in love with this color!!! Garnish away!


Robyn April 9, 2014 at 4:09 pm

i am continuously amazed at the bounty of fresh rhubarb you have, only about 3 hours away from me. ontario rhubarb usually isn’t ready until later in may. so i’ll just try not to get too jealous until then!


Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 9, 2014 at 4:39 pm

A huge glass of this sounds so delicious and refreshing right now. This is the perfect baby shower “cocktail”!


Sarah April 9, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Your styling, as always, has knocked it out of the park. I want to live in a disco tree forest. Congrats to Stephanie!


Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) April 9, 2014 at 9:53 pm

I have an unhealthy obsession with rhubarb. Seriously.

Also, disco trees rule.


Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out April 9, 2014 at 10:36 pm

This is gorgeous! Rhubarb is one of my fave things EVER, but I have never tried it in lemonade! And if you can add crazy garnish to a bloody mary, why not to a pretty lemonade? Thanks so much for joining us today and making this day that much prettier!


Audra | The Baker Chick April 9, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Wow- this would be my favorite drink, I adore strawberry rhubarb anything and this looks especially sweet and refreshing!


Tieghan April 9, 2014 at 11:44 pm

Seriously??? This is the greatest drink I have ever seen. You amaze me and I love this!


Molly @Doughvelopment April 10, 2014 at 10:14 pm

OH BABY! Hehe see what I did there!
That color! And I think your garnishes sounds awesome and I want to go to your lawn party! 😉
This has me craving summer even more now!


Laura M May 23, 2015 at 6:12 pm

I have never kept vanilla bean pods on hand. What do you think would happen if I used real vanilla extract instead? Besides losing the Freckles? Or is it worth it to launch a search party out here in the middle of nowhere?


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