Homemade Rhubarb Juice

Rhubarb season is upon us and I am so excited to share this super easy recipe with you! Not only is this recipe super easy and delicious, but it also has European influence; I had it for the first time while in Hamburg Germany this past May. In Germany, you can buy rhubarb nectar at every corner store to make your own delicious drinks, so upon arrival home, I was seriously missing it and determined to re-create it! 

Just in time for the long weekend, this rhubarb juice is crisp and refreshing. AND if you are looking for a boozy afternoon patio drink, it pairs well with gin or vodka. What's better? It has NO added sugar! 

What's the issue with sugary drinks? 

The World Health Organization recommends that we reduce our intake of added sugars to 10% of of our daily calorie intake which is about 50g of sugar or 12.5 teaspoons. However they also suggest that a further reduction to 5% of our calories, or 25g (roughly 6 teaspoons) would provide additional health benefits. To put this into perspective, an average can of ginger-ale (355ml) contains 8.5 teaspoons of sugar.  Reducing our added sugar intake can help reduce our risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer. Added sugars are full of empty calories that aren't good for our health or waist lines. Wondering how to figure out how many teaspoons of sugar are in a beverage? Simply divide the grams of sugar by 4 (1 teaspoon = 4 grams of sugar). While in Canada, our nutrition labels don't currently distinguish between added sugars and natural sugars (i.e. sugar coming from fruit), this handy trick can at least give you a starting point. 

So, without further adieu, here is your no-sugar-added rhubarb juice! 

Homemade Rhubarb Juice

If you just want a taste of rhubarb, just add more soda water like pictured here! The picture above is more rhubarb-concentrated. 

If you just want a taste of rhubarb, just add more soda water like pictured here! The picture above is more rhubarb-concentrated. 

  • 8 large rhubarb stalks, or 16 small ones 
  • 8 cups of water 
  1. Chop rhubarb into 1 inch chunks and add to large pot with water. Bring water to a boil and simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes. 
  2. Strain liquid through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl. Press on the solids in the strainer to extract as much juice as possible. 
  3. Discard of the yellowish solids left behind. Pour the pink rhubarb juice into a large mason jar or bottle to keep in the fridge. Chill for a least 2 hours. 
  4. Serve mixed half and half with soda water and a fresh lime. Add gin or vodka if desired. 

Note: Once cooled, the juice tastes a bit tart like lemon-aide. Despite the talk about added sugar above, depending on taste, you may want to add a bit of sugar to cut the bitter (just keep track of the teaspoons!). 

Enjoy! 

Let us know what you think of this refreshing summer drink by commenting below. We love to hear from you! 

Have a wonderful long weekend, 

xo Kath