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Rhubarb and Strawberry Limeade

This has been a wild ride, by which I mean this last month.  My butt has been on the road (or, more often, in the air) a lot over these past three weeks.  Italy was first on my itinerary, followed by a jaunt to Louisville, KY, where I got to visit, along with a group of bloggers, the GE Monogram Experience Center, a rather exciting and surreal couple of days (I now have my eye on the induction stove… I want one terribly. A boy can dream, right?). The last of my trips were more personal.  I  was able to spend some time with my grandmother in Miami and then celebrated my mom’s parents’ 60th wedding anniversary in New Jersey.

In all, I have stepped foot in three different countries, seven US states and have taken exactly ten flights.  Despite the obvious exhaustion that one is bound to feel when they’ve had a jam-packed month like this, I have to say that I’m sublimely happy.  This is it… this is life.  It’s short and it’s sweet and I’m planning on enjoying all it has to offer.

It’s hard to believe that June is almost here.  I have to admit that I’m stoked. This is a month of celebration:  Eric’s birthday, our wedding anniversary, his father’s birthday, his brother/sister-in-law’s anniversary….  But I have trouble processing the fact that we are half way done with the year.  Can someone please tell me where the time has gone?

Warm weather has been with us for quite a while now, but I’m ready to fully embrace it.  This rhubarb and strawberry concoction from Green Kitchen Stories is the perfect thirst-quencher for a hot, summer day.  And, if I may make a boozy suggestion, top this off with some prosecco and you’ll end up with the most lovely cocktail.

Rhubarb & Strawberry Limeade

(mildly adapted, including the title, from Green Kitchen Stories)

Makes around 8 cups

4 cups (1 lb) rhubarbs, chopped into 3/4-inch pieces
2 cups (12 oz) strawberries, divided in half
3 inch ginger, peeled and chopped into 1 inch pieces
1 cup honey (add more if you prefer it sweeter)
1 vanilla pod, sliced open
4 cups water
juice from 2 lime
20 mint leaves

Decorate with: A handful of chopped fresh rhubarb, strawberries and a couple of slices of lime.

In a medium size saucepan, combine rhubarb, strawberries, ginger, vanilla pod and water. Bring it to a boil and then lower the temperature. Add the lime juice and the mint leaves. Simmer for 20-25 minutes while stirring occasionally. Strain the lemonade through a sieve, removing the pulp. Let it cool in the refrigerator. If left in an air-tight container it can stay fresh for about a week. Serve in a large pitcher with lots of ice, fresh rhubarbs, strawberries and slices of lime.

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  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarMay 28, 2012 - 2:31 pm

    Oh boy, this would be perfect right now! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • StephanieMay 28, 2012 - 3:06 pm

    Love how you added the mint!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryMay 28, 2012 - 3:07 pm

    I’m a creature of habit; I was thinking vodka and/or prosecco just from the title!

    I used to have a rhubarb plant in my garden, courtesy of the people I bought my home from. I spent years killing that sucker; they are tough plants…and now they seem all the rage! I’m not a fan but that’s OK…nothing wrong with a strawberry/strawberry lemonade, right? Looks lovely and making me thirsty.ReplyCancel

  • Ken┃hungry rabbitMay 28, 2012 - 3:11 pm

    Refreshing and I agree with Barb, add alcohol, stir and it’s summer perfection.ReplyCancel

  • NaomiMay 28, 2012 - 3:32 pm

    I need I to have one! By one-I mean a larger pitcher alm to myself!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ Baked by RachelMay 28, 2012 - 3:50 pm

    Perfect for every long and sunny summer day ahead of us :)ReplyCancel

  • JeanetteMay 28, 2012 - 5:39 pm

    Love the vibrant color of this cool drink – I’ve never seen rhubarb in a drink before, but I would love to try it.ReplyCancel

  • Russell at Chasing DeliciousMay 28, 2012 - 5:53 pm

    This has got to be the best limeade recipe ever. All I need is rhubarb and I can try it! Quick question. Can I substitute the water with rum? ; )ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.May 28, 2012 - 6:39 pm

    so fabulous Brian! I hope you had a great weekend!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKMay 28, 2012 - 7:02 pm

    My kind of beverage, Brian! Just fabulous and perfect for these hot nights. Love this.ReplyCancel

  • sam hendersonMay 28, 2012 - 9:49 pm

    Nothing says summer like rhubarb! This looks perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Marc @ NoRecipesMay 28, 2012 - 10:00 pm

    Where did you find that rhubarb, it’s gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessMay 28, 2012 - 10:16 pm

    I would’ve never imagined a sweet limeade like this. The color is beautiful and I love pairing rhubarb with strawberries. Perfect to chill with on a hot summer day with a slice of strawberry pie;)ReplyCancel

  • JoanneMay 29, 2012 - 6:53 am

    You really have been quite the jetsetter lately but it’s true…more than anything it means you’ve been LIVING. Which I love to hear. This limeade sounds absurdly refreshing!ReplyCancel

  • Aimee @ Simple BitesMay 29, 2012 - 9:33 am

    Beautiful! My kind of summer drink.

    And I’m with you – HOW is it June already. Glad it’s a fun month for you. =)ReplyCancel

  • Ronald HilbinkMay 29, 2012 - 10:52 am


    The listed ingredients guarantee a no-fail drink. I look forward to enjoying this during these coming summer days.

    Thank you, Brian.ReplyCancel

  • JessMay 29, 2012 - 11:27 am

    You’ve definitely had an amazing summer thus far. Can’t wait to try this recipe with Prosecco – great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanMay 29, 2012 - 11:53 am

    Mnnn. . . I LOVES me some rhubarb, especially when it’s not raw and poisonous.

    Química de los Alimentos es un tema fascinante, y me gustaría ver un poco más de eso incluido en su blog.ReplyCancel

  • JamieMay 29, 2012 - 12:14 pm

    I have to agree with Barb that a splash of Prosecco would really complement this wonderful summery drink! Right? And whew you make my head spin with all the travels and make me feel like I need to do even more than I do!! And I love a month filled with reasons to celebrate!ReplyCancel

  • VijithaMay 29, 2012 - 2:13 pm

    A keeper recipe for the coming summer season!ReplyCancel

  • Amy @ FragrantVanillaCakeMay 29, 2012 - 5:20 pm

    This sounds wonderful! I love that you have used honey to sweeten it, and lime juice instead of the usual lemon. I would love a large glass of this!AReplyCancel

  • Cookin' CanuckMay 29, 2012 - 7:00 pm

    What a whirlwind month you’ve had! I truly have no idea where the first half of the year went. But I do know something else for certain…I will be making this lemonade this weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Cookin' CanuckMay 29, 2012 - 7:01 pm

    Oops…I meant limeade. I do actually read your posts! :)ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.May 29, 2012 - 10:23 pm

    Love the bright color! Looks so refreshing!ReplyCancel

  • amelia from ztastylifeMay 30, 2012 - 8:33 am

    Brian: hope you enjoyed travels to my country (Italy). This looks like the perfect vitamin-packed revitalizer after all your travels!ReplyCancel

  • brandiMay 30, 2012 - 9:14 am

    this sounds (and looks) so refreshing.

    our june sounds just as crazy as yours: tons of family birthdays and anniversaries, which means lots of time on the road. fun, but exhaustingReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveMay 30, 2012 - 10:13 am

    Mmmmm, strawberry, rhubarb, ginger, HEAVEN! Brian, this is a brilliant idea.ReplyCancel

  • Healthy Living ValMay 30, 2012 - 8:56 pm

    Now this is a drink that makes you want to plan a party just to serve! Strawberry and rhubarb are a classic beginning-of-summer combination.ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenMay 31, 2012 - 12:32 am

    Wow, I feel tired just reading about all the flights you’ve taken. Now that’s a drink to relax and unwind with!ReplyCancel

  • KatzMay 31, 2012 - 3:40 am

    OK – I’m so thirsty now – it’s the middle of the night and I’m NOT going to the grocery store now. Maybe I can hold out until about 6AM? This looks soooo delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Trevor Sis BoomMay 31, 2012 - 9:37 am

    Just another fabulous thing to do with rhubarb. I will buy twice as much as I usually do so I can make this. Yum.ReplyCancel

  • SuesMay 31, 2012 - 10:52 am

    I absolutely love strawberry lemonade, but have never thought to add rhubarb to it. Best idea!ReplyCancel

  • sippitysupMay 31, 2012 - 10:53 am

    Rhubarb, Strawberry and Lime (oh my). Enjoy June at home! GREGReplyCancel

  • WinnieJune 1, 2012 - 4:50 pm

    You have been a busy boy! I love this drink, Bri!ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ Savory SimpleJune 2, 2012 - 9:53 am

    This sounds so refreshing!ReplyCancel

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  • Jacqueline @How to be a GourmandJune 4, 2012 - 4:50 am

    Beautiful and refreshing combination. Nice to have it with Prosecco in the evening – during the day I may replace it with Perrier!ReplyCancel

  • ATasteOfMadnessJune 5, 2012 - 5:58 pm

    What a great idea for a drink! When it gets warmer here, I will try this out! I’ve never bought rhubarbs before, I’m kind of excited!ReplyCancel

  • Restaurant supply galJune 8, 2012 - 4:23 pm

    Nothing sounds better than this for a summer time cocktail.ReplyCancel

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