Rhubarb Ginger Beer Syrup

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About This Syrup

When rhubarb starts hitting the shelves at grocery stores or farmer’s markets in the springtime, you’ll usually see it being used in desserts, but it can also be a delicious addition to cocktails.

I made this simple syrup for the first time to use in the Rhubarb Fizz, a sparkling wine cocktail created at Fitzbillies in Cambridge, England and included in a 2013 issue of Saveur magazine. Although I ended up paring down the syrup recipe when making our cocktail, I’m sharing the original from the magazine because it makes enough syrup to use in multiple drinks. Thanks to its base of ginger beer, it’s lends a unique flavor that’s especially tasty in gin, vodka, and sparkling drinks. Find the instructions and recommended tools to make it at home in this post!

Syrup Ingredients

To make this simple syrup, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Rhubarb: This is cut into slices to add rhubarb flavor. I picked up ours from our local grocery store at the beginning of the season.

Ginger Beer: This is the liquid base of the syrup. In this case, it also adds ginger flavor. I recommend using Q Mixers Ginger Beer to most closely replicate this recipe’s taste, but other ginger beers may work if you can’t find that brand.

Sugar: All simple syrups are essentially made with sugar and liquid and then dressed up with other ingredients. For this one, I used white sugar.

Cardamom Seeds: These add spice flavor for more complexity.

Vanilla Pod: This adds vanilla flavor.

Recipe

AuthorSaveur MagazinePrep Time2 hrs 15 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 ½ lbs Rhubarb
 6 oz Ginger Beer
 ¼ cup Sugar
 8 Cardamom Seeds
 1 Vanilla Pod

Method
1

Cut rhubarb stalks in half lengthwise and slice into ½-inch pieces.

2

Add rhubarb, ginger beer, and sugar to a saucepan.

3

Heat over low heat until rhubarb softens and liquid reduces by half.

4

Add cardamom seeds and vanilla pod.

5

Simmer for for 25-30 minutes.

6

Remove from heat and let cool.

7

Strain syrup through a fine mesh filter 1-2 times and transfer to container.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ lbs Rhubarb
 6 oz Ginger Beer
 ¼ cup Sugar
 8 Cardamom Seeds
 1 Vanilla Pod

Directions

Method
1

Cut rhubarb stalks in half lengthwise and slice into ½-inch pieces.

2

Add rhubarb, ginger beer, and sugar to a saucepan.

3

Heat over low heat until rhubarb softens and liquid reduces by half.

4

Add cardamom seeds and vanilla pod.

5

Simmer for for 25-30 minutes.

6

Remove from heat and let cool.

7

Strain syrup through a fine mesh filter 1-2 times and transfer to container.

Rhubarb Ginger Beer Syrup

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More Simple Syrup Recipes

If you like this simple syrup, here are a few others we make and use in our cocktails that you may enjoy:

Gingerbread Syrup
• Pumpkin Spice Syrup
• Salted Sage Syrup
• Cranberry Syrup

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