Tipsy Rhubarb Ice Cream Soda

Tipsy Rhubarb Ice Cream Soda

Tipsy Rhubarb Ice Cream Soda

I can’t decide if I should be really proud of myself or really disappointed in myself. But I guess I’ll just let you decide? It is officially September 1 and I have finally cooked with rhubarb. Like for the first time in my life. Or maybe I should say I cocktailed with rhubarb? In any event, I bought rhubarb and brought it into my kitchen where I then manipulated it into something I could consume. Namely rhubarb simple syrup. I could have gladly ended it there and just consumed the rhubarb simple syrup with a straw, but instead, I made it into a cocktail of sorts. But a plain old cocktail just wasn’t exciting enough for Labor Day; it needed to be jazzed up a bit. With ice cream.

Summer may be unofficially over, but officially, it’s still so on. Are you still getting tomatoes an corn out of your garden? Yes? That’s what I thought. Has it finally been hitting 90 degree weather in Boston? Yes. Am I still wearing white pants pretty much every day? You know it. Are we still grilling on the deck for every evening in the foreseeable future? Obvi. But really, I also kind of still have a plethora of summery-type recipes that I’m so not over posting. I’m just not a fan of the season ending just yet.

Tipsy Rhubarb Ice Cream Soda (makes 2 drinks):
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  • 4 oz. rhubarb syrup (recipe below)
  • 4 oz. vodka
  • 2 large scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Soda water

Tipsy Rhubarb Ice Cream Soda Ingredients

Rhubarb Simple Syrup:
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  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C water
  • 2 C chopped rhubarb

Rhubarb Syrup Ingredients

Doesn’t rhubarb look like celery’s fun cousin? I’ll admit that I didn’t even quite know what it would look like when I chopped it up. Anyway, let’s start with the simple syrup.

In a medium size saucepan, bring water, sugar, and chopped rhubarb to a boil.

Rhubarb Syrup Saucepan

Then, lower heat and let mixture simmer for about 5-10 minutes, until sugar is dissolved and mixture has thickened a bit.

Rhubarb Syrup Boiling

Remove from heat and strain the syrup into a heat-proof bowl or glass. Press down on the mushy rhubarb to extract as much liquid as possible from it.

Rhubarb Syrup Straining

Crazy that the mushy yellow mess turns into a pretty pink syrup, right? Put the syrup in the fridge to let it cool.

Rhubarb Syrup

As you probably guessed, I’m pretty much in love with the color of this. I want to keep a jar of it in my fridge for all time. Did I mention I want summer to last forever?

Rhubarb Syrup Glasses

The rest of the cocktail prep is pretty easy. Pour the simple syrup and vodka into two glasses and then add a scoop of ice cream.

Tipsy Rhubarb Ice Cream Soda Pouring

And fill the rest of the glasses up with soda water. Until they’re practically overflowing. Because it’s pretty much a necessity that an ice cream soda overflows.

Tipsy Rhubarb Ice Cream Soda 2

And I would call my first foray into rhubarb a success.

Tipsy Rhubarb Ice Cream Soda 4

If you’ve had rhubarb before then you know that it’s a little bit tart. But obviously when it’s turned into a simple syrup, the tartness becomes just an undertone.

Tipsy Rhubarb Ice Cream Soda 3

And when it’s mixed with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream, well it basically becomes a rhubarb creamsicle. Which should totally be a thing.

Tipsy Rhubarb Ice Cream Soda 7

Oh, I forgot there was vodka in this. Hence the tipsy. Obviously you could leave that out if you wanted. But since it’s still technically summer and today is Labor Day, I’m voting for keeping it in. But then, you already knew that.

Tipsy Rhubarb Ice Cream Soda 9

It certainly made my first rhubarb experience a bit more fun, you know? Now that I’m a rhubarb pro, I’m totally heading to Pinterest to find a million more ways I can use it. Luckily, it’s in season until September, so I’m hoping I can get my hands on some more before it’s time to break out the pumpkin. In the meantime, my summer memories of Tipsy Rhubarb Ice Cream Sodas should help carry me through to next spring. I hope.

Happy Labor Day, friends!

Have you cooked, baked, or cocktailed with rhubarb before?


23 Responses to "Tipsy Rhubarb Ice Cream Soda"

  1. This looks incredible, Sues! I’m a newcomer to the rhubarb game but have loved it the times I’ve had it, so it’s been on my to-do list to cook with for awhile. Combined with ice cream and vodka sounds decadent (and delicious). Yum!

  2. bellini says:

    I’s say it was a great way to celebrate summers end;-)

  3. Joanne says:

    I am WITH YOU girl! If summer didn’t end for another few months, I would still think it was too soon! I haven’t cooked/baked/cocktailed with rhubarb since the spring…so I think I am long overdue for one of these.

  4. brandi says:

    that color is gorgeous!! i have some frozen rhubarb i might need to break out for this…

  5. Rachel says:

    i am loving all of your boozy recipes! i have never cooked with rhubarb and am actually pretty intimidated by it. this cocktail looks beautiful though!

  6. Chris says:

    Can you drop these off at my office? It’s hot out and I think this might do the trick. Thanks! 😀

  7. old school and I LOVE IT!

  8. An ice cream float with alcohol is the best kind there is! I plan to continue wearing my white jeans too for the rest of the month!

  9. This is an amazing drink!! Love it! 😀

  10. I love making rhubarb simple syrup for cocktails this time of year!

  11. Oooo this color is so lovely and I’d love this cocktail. right. now.

  12. Odetta says:

    Oooh yum! I need one of these right now!!

  13. Megan says:

    I’m with you… let’s keep this summer thing going! The syrup sounds awesome. I made a rhubarb compote with cardamom custard once. It was awesome. Not sure why I haven’t cooked with rhubarb since.

  14. I have made a rhubarb crumble, but this looks way more impressive and tasty!

  15. I’m such a rhubarb fan! I don’t care what time of year it is! I freeze it 🙂

  16. Mary Frances says:

    I LOVE rhubarb! Isn’t it so pretty and versatile? Your recipe is adorable, I can’t wait to try it for myself.

  17. Monica says:

    Anything ‘ice cream soda’ gets my vote, but particularly a creative and pretty one like this!

  18. Isn’t rhubarb the best? While I hardly ever bake with it, I do try to eat it at least once a summer, usually in strawberry rhubarb pies! 🙂 This ice cream soda sounds amazing! So perfect for a hot day!

  19. What a great idea, I’m impressed! For your first time a drink sounds perfect!

  20. I ALWAYS forget about rhubarb. But how could I? It’s so fun!

  21. Heather says:

    Yes! I am up for any cocktail with ICE CREAM in it. And rhubarb has such a wonderfully summery feel to it.

  22. Asmita says:

    Loving this cool drink! Yummy!

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