I love cold drinks during the warmer months but I really try to pay attention to what’s in them. Most of drinks you can buy in the grocery store are loaded with ingredients I can’t pronounce from artificial colors and sweeteners to GMO ingredients I don’t want to eat. While I love making homemade lemonade with stevia, sometimes I want something different like this iced rhubarb tea recipe.
Grandma’s Iced Rhubarb Tea Recipe
This iced rhubarb tea recipe is super easy to make. While the sweetness in this recipe typically comes from sugar (please buy organic), you can easily use stevia, honey or even agave nectar if you want to instead. In Vermont, rhubarb is the first spring crop we get. It’s a perennial and comes back every year. I know that it’s really common in colder areas but much harder to grow down south. If you cannot grow it in your area, check the produce section in your grocery store and you may find it there.
I make this one for one person but you can easily double or triple it to make it for a crowd.
- 1 cup or rhubarb stalks, chopped
- 1 tbsp organic sugar or equivalent stevia (double for sweet tea)
- 1 cup of water
- Place the rhubarb and the water in a small pan and cover it.
- Bring it to a boil, turn it down and simmer very gently for about 30 minutes, adding more water if necessary.
- Remove from heat.
- Strain the rhubarb from the water, allowing the water to drain into a glass or glass jar.
- Add the sugar and stir to dissolve.
- Refrigerate until cold.
While I generally enjoy this in the spring, it’s very easy to freeze rhubarb to use all year round. Just cut the rhubarb into one inch chunks, place it in a freezer bag or glass freezer container and freeze. This iced rhubarb tea recipe works just as well with frozen rhubarb as it does with fresh rhubarb.
If you like your iced tea northern style, 1 tablespoon of sugar should work. If you are looking for sweet tea, double the amount of the sugar to taste. This is the perfect summer drink on a hot day.
For more fun creative summer ideas, check out a few of my favorite blogs.
- Spinach Smoothies from A Mom’s Take
- DIY Solar Lamp from Simply Southern Mom
- Strawberry Pops from Mom on the Side
- Frozen Hot Chocolate from Home and Garden Cafe
- DIY Natural Wood Planter for Father’s Day from Our Family World
- Mason Jar Dirt Pudding by Better in Bulk
- Patriotic Whoopie Pies by How Was Your Day?
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- How to Make a Fairy Garden by Momma D Jane
- Make Your Own Summer Scent by Style on Main
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- Grilled Loaded Fries & Fresh Strawberry Lemonade perfect Summer snack idea by Two Boys One Girl and a Crazy Mom
- Picnic Perfect Patriotic Berry Trifle by About a Mom
- Easy Potato Salad by Upstate Ramblings
- DIY Flip Flops by This Mama Loves
- Build a Dinotastic Terrarium by The Guavalicious Life