A refreshing summertime treat this Rhubarb Slush is an oldie but goodie that is seriously addicting and full of massive flavor!
So there is no question, we love rhubarb around here. My middle son literally will grab just the stalk and dip it in sugar and eat it that way. Now I’m not that daring, but love the flavor when it is baked into desserts.
We unfortunately do not have a rhubarb bush at our house but both mine and my husbands parents both have one so there is never a shortage of rhubarb to our disposal and that makes me one happy girl!
So if you’ve never hear of Rhubarb Slush before, be happy that you landed on this post! Rhubarb Slush is one of our favorite summertime refreshments that makes a huge batch!
The best part is that you can make it kid friendly and keep it with lemon lime soda or make an adult version and add some booze to it. So it really is a win win recipe for everyone!
This recipe is really simple to whip up, the only downfall is that you have to wait about 24 hours for it to actually be ready. I know super sad right? But 100% worth the wait, trust me.
IS RHUBARB A FRUIT OR A VEGETABLE?
While a lot of people don’t really think of rhubarb to be anything other than, well rhubarb it is actually a vegetable. Weird right? It’s confused a lot for fruit because of its sweet and sour flavor and that it is primarily baked in desserts.
But alas my friends, rhubarb is truly a vegetable. But regardless it’s just going to stay rhubarb in my head and not really be categorized at all.
CAN YOU EAT RHUBARB RAW?
Like I stated before, this is my sons favorite way to consume rhubarb. It is perfectly safe to eat raw. It is pretty much like a celery texture, with a sour taste. This is why it is normally dipped in a bowl of sugar with each bite to tone down the sour.
IS RHUBARB POSIONOUS?
This has been a misconception for a while now. While the stalks themselves are not poisonous the leave contain toxins such as oxalic acid which is found in many plats and can poison humans. The stalks do contain a very limited trace amount which makes them more able to be ingested.
Don’t let this scare you, to have any major effects of this poison you would have to eat about 10 lbs of rhubarb leaves to do any real permanent damage, but still even just ingesting one leaf can have some effect, so word to the wise, stay away and just consume the stalk.
WHEN IS RHUBARB RIPE?
Luckily rhubarb is actually ripe pretty much all spring and summer! So picking is always good for this plant. But it is best to wait until the stalks themselves are a little longer, at least 10″ and I would recommend thicker. Picking thinner stalks doesn’t result in a high yield and can be frustrating when you need a certain amount for a recipe.
This rhubarb slush recipe has some fun and fruity flavors that really enhance and go well with the rhubarb itself. A mixture of strawberry and lemon are the perfect addition to this warm weather drink.
So if you’re wanting something cool, refreshing and flavorful then you’ll need to whip up a batch of this Rhubarb Slush. It keeps well in the freezer so you can go back any time the urge hits to have this delicious drink.
If you liked this rhubarb recipe you might also like:
Blackberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie
- 6 cups rhubarb chopped
- 6 cups water
- 2 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 small pkg strawberry jello
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 12 oz frozen pink lemonade concentrate
- Lemon lime soda or alcohol
- In large pot on stove mix together water and rhubarb.
- Bring to a boil and then simmer for 15-20 minutes until softened.
- In a large ice cream pain, drain your liquid from your pulp of the rhubarb using a strainer.
- Add in sugar, jello, lemon juice and pink lemonade concentrate.
- Whisk together until combined.
- Cover and freeze overnight.
- Remove from freezer and stir to loosen.
- Place scoops in cup and pour desired amount of lemon lime soda or alcohol over top.
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PIN IT FOR LATER!
After you cook the rhubarb on the stove, could you put the rhubarb and liquid into a blender mix together and then add the other ingredients? Seems like it would add more flavor.
I have not tried this, so unfortunately I do not know how it would turn out. I apologize.
I’ve had this growing up as a kid! It’s so good! The pink lemonade concentrate is a new add-on though. My family never used it when we made it 🙂
Delicious. Had. To look it up again, surprised nobody is rating this.
Has anyone try putting it into a ice cube tray
This was fun to have with the kids. Look forward to trying alcoholic version sometime. Also I did not waste the pulp of the rhubarb but substituted it for bananas in a muffin recipe. Was delish
Step #3 is unclear. Are we draining the liquid into the ice cream pail to use with the sugar and lemonade etc.; or are we draining the liquid, discarding it and putting the rhubarb into the pail?
You are draining the liquid itself into the pail to use with the sugar etc and discarding the rhubarb pulp 🙂
SOOOOOOOOOO good! and really easy to make! Thanks for the great recipe!
So happy you liked it! We cant get enough of this!
Oh my, this looks yummy and so much refreshing!
I love recipes like this!! This is so cute – thank you for it.
Haha – I have always thought rhubarb was poisonous. Thanks for clearing that up for me! I’ve only ever had rhubarb in pie. I’m excited to try it in a drink!
This is super tasty! And yeah, a lot of people are always curious about the whole poisonous situation about rhubarb so I figured I would enlighten everyone!