Rhubarb & Ginger Cooler with Mint & Lemon

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Rhubarb & Ginger Cooler with Mint & Lemon

Summer is finally here! Ok let me rephrase, it definitely popped in for a visit over the Bank Holiday weekend and wasn’t the weather glorious! Glorious and hot and when proper hydration becomes priority.  Having had rhubarb delivered in my veg box on Friday I thought it would be only appropriate (having already baked a cake which I shall be sharing with you soon) to concoct some sort of refreshing drink. This Rhubarb & Ginger Cooler with Mint & Lemon turned out to be a perfect thirst quencher during last weekend!

If you like rhubarb you will definitely like this delicious cooler. Tartness and tanginess of rhubarb is counteracted by sugar and vanilla and gentle, spicy hit of ginger adds to its refreshing qualities really nicely. Before you say anything, yes this cooler contains sugar but it is definitely required here to cut through the tartness of the rhubarb and as far as soft drinks go this one does not include anything artificial that we’d rather not subject our bodies to. This is the sort of drink I grew up drinking in Poland although funny enough never the rhubarb one.

Rhubarb & Ginger Cooler with Mint & Lemon

I’m a recent rhubarb convert and I must admit I really enjoy it now. Better late than never! lol Polish equivalent of this drink is known as “kompot” and has nothing to do with what you would know as compote (stewed fruit). It is basically a non-alcoholic beverage prepared by cooking fruit of your choice in a large amount of water with sugar to taste. My favourite one as a child was Strawberry Kompot which both my grandma and my mum used to preserve large quantities of to enjoy throughout the year. Refreshing served really cold in the Summer and beautifully warming when served warm in Winter – perfect concoction if you ask me.

Rhubarb & Ginger Cooler with Mint & Lemon

This drink is relatively quick to make although it does require quite substantial chilling time (I would say 2 hours would be absolute minimum) as it really is most refreshing  when properly chilled. It might not be as quick as opening a can of fizzy pop but it’s definitely healthier and (if I dare to add) tastier. 🙂 You don’t necessarily need to caramelise sugar before adding the fruit but I went for this method just to add a  little  bit of extra flavour to this cooler. Mint and lemon are highly recommended not only as garnishes as they really round the whole drink off nicely.

In addition to my Rhubarb & Ginger Cooler with Mint & Lemon I highly recommend you try this Blood Orange & Ginger Smoothie which is so delicious, filling and refreshing too. When blood oranges are out of season you can simply substitute them with whatever oranges are available. If you fancy baking with rhubarb you will love my Easy Rhubarb Cake which is simply out of this world!

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Rhubarb & Ginger Cooler with Mint & Lemon
Rhubarb & Ginger Cooler with Mint & Lemon
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Chilling
2 hrs
Total Time
30 mins
 

Refreshing, non-alcoholic drink perfect for keeping you cool on those hot Summer days.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: British, Polish
Keyword: cooler, non-alcoholic, soft drink, summer beverage
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Jo Allison
Ingredients
  • 500 g rhubarb cleaned and cut into 2 cm chunks
  • 1.5 ltr water
  • 6 Tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla sugar *see Recipe Notes below
  • 1 thumb size piece fresh ginger grated
  • mint & lemon to serve
Instructions
  1. Clean the rhubarb and cut it roughly into 2cm long pieces.

  2. Put sugar(s) in a large, dry pan and distribute it evenly. Put the pan on a low heat and let the sugar melt but watch it carefully and don't let it burn as things do happen quickly.

  3. Add chunks of rhubarb and grated ginger and fry them for couple of min together with caramelised sugar which will now form little hard clusters which is to be expected. 

  4. Pour in the water and give it a mix. You might need to scrape hard cluster of caramelised sugar off your spoon. Cover the pan and let it come to gentle boil (it will take roughly 20-25 min). Give it a stir now and again to prompt those sugar clusters to melt. They should be completely dissolved by the end of cooking. Taste and adjust the amount of sugar as required.

  5. Strain your cooler through the sieve (you can keep rhubarb pulp if you want to top your yoghurt or overnight oats with it) and chill really well. It is the best when really cold.

  6. Serve chilled with ice cubes, lemon and mint leaves for natural and refreshing summery drink!

Recipe Notes
  • Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar although I find it perfect to counteract tartness of the rhubarb. Remember it is easier to add then take away so you might want to start with 4 Tbsp caster sugar and go up from there if you want to.
  • If you don't have vanilla sugar you can add 1 tsp of vanilla paste or extract or seeds scraped out from half vanilla pod. Check out this post for details on how to make your own vanilla sugar.
  • If you would like a drink with a real ginger kick you might want to add more than a thumb size as this amount provides only a gentle back heat.

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18 Comments

  • Reply jenny walters

    This sounds heavenly Jo!So lovely to have a sharp drink in the scorchio weather!Delicious….I love your flavour combos x

    May 10, 2018 at 9:46 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Jenny 🙂 It is super refreshing and as another bunch of rhubarb arrived this morning in my veg box, I will be making some more ready for the weekend 🙂 x

      May 11, 2018 at 8:37 am
  • Reply Jessica

    Ooh I could definitely have had this last weekend! Let’s hope the weather clears up and bit and then I can give it a try! Oh also, I read that rhubarb is meant to be the ‘it’ fruit this year haha! You’re right on trend! Thanks for sharing with the World Food Linky! xx
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    May 11, 2018 at 10:01 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Jess! It was a winner last weekend during the heat wave, so refreshing! I’m a new rhubarb convert and really enjoy it now but it wasn’t always the case lol. I’m not a trendy person so if it’s rhubarb that’s going to change that, so be it lol 😂 xx

      May 11, 2018 at 8:23 pm
  • Reply Corina Blum

    I’ve never made this type of drink before but it sounds delicious and would have been perfect last weekend! Fingers crossed the hot weather returns again soon. Thanks so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice x

    May 11, 2018 at 1:22 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Corina! It was definitely our saviour last weekend and even my 7 year old enjoyed it whereas my 4 year old said “I’m not drinking THAT!!!” lol. Well, I suppose there’s got to be balance in the family lol 🙂 x

      May 12, 2018 at 6:53 pm
  • Reply EatExploreEtc

    Rhubarb has such a wonderful flavour and this recipe looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing it! 🙂

    May 11, 2018 at 7:08 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you so much Linds! 🙂 Rhubarb can be a funny one to please just like marmite I suppose but this drink is really delectable and soo refreshing! x

      May 12, 2018 at 6:57 pm
  • Reply Kat (The Baking Explorer)

    I am obsessed with rhubarb at the moment and this looks so refreshing!
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    May 12, 2018 at 10:33 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Kat! 🙂 I know what you mean as I feel the same, it’s a good obsession though lol x

      May 12, 2018 at 6:58 pm
  • Reply jacqueline Bellefontaine

    Love the sound of this recipe I have a ton of rhubarb to use so its on my list. Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

    May 14, 2018 at 11:39 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Jacqui! 🙂 I hope you enjoy it if you make it especially now the weather is on the up and we will need refreshing drink on hand 🙂

      May 14, 2018 at 8:57 pm
  • Reply Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food

    Wow, this drink is a wonderful excursion “outside the box” for me! I have yet to convert to rhubarb. But the combination of that with the ginger, lemon, mint, and sugar sounds amazing. Sure, there’s sugar here, but there are also health benefits from these superfood ingredients!

    May 14, 2018 at 1:29 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      I know how you feel as I used to absolutely hate rhubarb with a vengeance until I had a really delicious ginger and rhubarb cake during some sort of outing with the kids couple of years back. I started baking with it myself and now this tangy cooler, things are definitely on the up between me and rhubarb lol 😉

      May 14, 2018 at 9:04 pm
  • Reply FrugalHausfrau

    What a beautiful beverage~ Thanks for sharing with us at Fiesta Friday!!

    Mollie

    May 15, 2018 at 8:26 am
  • Reply Lizet Flores de Bowen

    This sounds so refreshing. I love ginger, but I haven’t made any cold drinks with it. I’ll try it soon.

    May 18, 2018 at 12:22 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you! 🙂 Ginger is fantastic here, lifts the rhubarb up to entire new level, really refreshing. 🙂

      May 18, 2018 at 7:56 pm

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