Rhubarb Ginger Soda

Rhubarb Ginger Soda

Can you believe it is almost June 1st??? Ack! That little fact prompted me to post this recipe today. It’s my last rhubarb recipe for a while, and I definitely want to post it before rhubarb goes out of season, which for me will be in a few short weeks if not sooner.

chopping rhubarb

Homemade soda is really kind of cool. And no, I don’t have one of those fancy schmancy soda fizz-making contraptions you see on TV. You don’t technically need one to make soda at home. Soda (or pop, or coke, or whatever you call it) is really just a flavored, sweetened syrup combined with club soda or seltzer water. Easy!

rhubarb ginger syrup for soda

I loved rhubarb for this one since it’s in season right now, but I will certainly be playing around with the concept in the future. I see a big future for homemade sodas; you can control the ingredients, use less sugar than commercial cans (and no high-fructose corn syrup!), and you can actually use fresh ingredients. Woohoo! The types of syrups you can make are pretty much limitless, and I think it will be lots of fun.

homemade rhubarb soda

A few weeks ago I had a pickled jalapeno soda at a restaurant in Chelsea, I would love to try and recreate that one in my kitchen. I’ll let you know! In the meantime, see what you think of this homemade soda.

rhubarb ginger soda

Source: adapted from The Homemade Pantry by Alana Chernila

½ lb. rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups water
1 tbs fresh lime juice
1 coin fresh ginger
2 tbs sugar
Sprig of fresh thyme
2 cups club soda

Combine the rhubarb and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 20 minutes, or until the rhubarb is almost dissolving. Use a slotted spoon to scoop out the rhubarb. Discard.
Add the lime juice to the rhubarb water, along with the ginger and sugar. Raise the heat to medium-high. Cook at a low boil, uncovered, for 20 minutes, or until the mixture is slightly reduced and thickened.
Remove from the heat, add the thyme, and cover. Let steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Taste and add sugar if needed (I found this step unnecessary). Strain through a fine-meshed sieve into a jar or bottle and let cool completely.
To serve, fill two tall glasses with ice. Add 1/3 cup of rhubarb syrup to each glass, then top each glass with 1 cup of the club soda. Serve immediately.

4 responses to “Rhubarb Ginger Soda

  1. Julie,
    I’ve got plenty of pickled jalapeños, and I’d love to fix them in a soda for my “I wanna drink a soda” son. Meantime, it’s neat to consider the possibilities for other sodas after rhubarb season ends.

    • Texan New Yorker

      Thanks! Yeah, I’ve got to try and reverse engineer that pickled jalapeno and lime soda I had, it was delicious!

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