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Summer is in full swing and it is time for a refreshing drink! I love tea and I love rhubarb, so in this recipe tutorial I will show you how to blend the two together for a delicious drink that will give you a true tea taste in every sip!
Nothing artificial, nothing over the top. Just simple ingredients and simple directions to bring you simple enjoyment, all summer long.
Start with 1 pound of rhubarb stalks.
If you would like to learn how I planted and grow my own rhubarb I have a post for you here: How To Plant Rhubarb.
Remove the large green leaves, if they are still attached, and wash the stalk thoroughly.
Chop the rhubarb into pieces. Try and get the pieces to be less than one inch wide.
This is not an exact science. Just chop it up!
Add the rhubarb to a pot along with 1 cup of water and 1/3 cup of sugar.
You will look at this portion and think this will NOT turn into sauce, but trust me, it will.
There is a LOT of moisture (and flavor!) in the rhubarb. The steam from the water will help draw it out.
Bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat and then drop the heat back to medium.
Simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally because the bottom tends to want to scorch.
Once the rhubarb is cooked down, strain it through a fine mesh strainer.
The finer your strainer the more clear the syrup will become.
I am fine with micro bits of rhubarb in my syrup but if you would like there to be less, strain it a second time through a few layers of cheesecloth.
I poured my rhubarb syrup into a glass jar and store it in the refrigerator.
Use within 2 weeks.
But what are you going to use your fabulous new syrup in?
How about some tea?
Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea is a refreshing tea perfect for summer and relaxing by the pool, patio or on the go!
Fill a glass half full (or is it half empty?) with ice.
Top the ice with your choice of :
- Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea Unsweetened
- Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea Sorta Sweet
- Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea Sweet
- Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea Sorta Sweet Honey Green Tea
- Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea Rooibos
Top with at least a tablespoon of your homemade rhubarb syrup. The syrup is a tangy, yet sweet! A great partner to Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea. This tea is made with all-natural ingredients and no artificial anything! Just like the syrup you just made. With three levels of sweetness, plus black, green and rooibos tea varieties, there’s a Straight Up™ Tea for you.
Garnish with a sprig of mint, if you are feeling fancy!
You can find all varieties of Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea at Giant Food, Giant Carlisle, Giant Landover and Stop & Shop. I found mine in aisle 5 with the bottled waters and juices.
Be on the lookout for the new, sleek bottle!
Learn all about Snapple® and their full line of refreshing drinks on their website: Snapple.