Grandma’s Iced Rhubarb Tea Recipe

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I love cold drinks during the warmer months but I really try to pay attention to what’s in them. Most of the 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

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. Scroll down for the recipe.

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 rhubarb 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. If you want to drink this as a hot rhubarb tea, just don’t pour it over ice.

Grandma's Iced Rhubarb Tea Recipe

Do you have any other favorite rhubarb recipes? For more fun creative summer ideas, check out a few of my favorite blogs.

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Iced Rhubarb Tea Recipe
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  • 1 cup or rhubarb stalks, chopped
  • 1 tbsp organic sugar or equivalent stevia (double for sweet tea)
  • 1 cup of water


  1. Place the rhubarb and the water in a small pan and cover it.
  2. Bring it to a boil, turn it down and simmer very gently for about 30 minutes, adding more water if necessary.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Strain the rhubarb from the water, allowing the water to drain into a glass or glass jar.
  5. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve.
  6. Refrigerate until cold.

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  1. Mistee Dawn says
    Yum! That looks so good. I have never tried anything like this before. I will have to try this when I can get the ingredients! 
  2. Lori from LL Farm says
    This sounds delicious...I will definitely try this when my rhubarb gets a little bigger.  I love rhubarb simply peeled and with salt...very tangy and delicious ;-)
  3. My husband loves rhubarb pie! I've never tried it for anything else. 
  4. Melinda Dunne says
    What a great recipe! I have always like rhubarb so I can't wait to give this a try. 
  5. Ourfamilyworld says
    This looks absolutely delicious. I have never considered rhubarb before
  6. I have never tried anything with rhubarb, but this looks really good! I'll have to make a pot for my family. 
  7. I love tea of all kinds, but have never had rhubarb. This looks soo good, though! I'm adding it to my list of things to try.
  8. Melanie Roberts says
    Ohh I love Rhubarb what a great idea... so need to make this this summer... looks amazing and so easy.. 
  9. That looks so refreshing for summer!
  10. creativejewishmom/sara says
    Looks great, thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday, wonderful to meet you!
  11. This sounds absolutely delicious!  Have you ever steeped it with another type of tea? Maybe a white tea would go well?
  12. Got some rhubarb yesterday (organic) and I was going to make rhubarb mousse....Just changed my mind and will try this since it is hot outside and it sounds delicious! Have a great day
  13. I would never have thought to add rhubarb!! Yum! I would love if you stopped by My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link Party and share your stuff!! I'd love to have you!! It's still open!
  14. Looks refreshing. I love rhubarb.
  15. Miz Helen says
    Your Rhubarb Tea looks wonderful, wish I had a cold glass of it right now. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day! Miz Helen
  16. Melissa Lawler says
    This sounds so refreshing!

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