Rosemary Lemon Rhubarb Spritzer

Rosemary Lemon Rhubarb Spritzer by Alton Gunn

I got a call last week from a friend Lari, who said her husband Al, had just made most amazing drink and I should try it.  Send me the recipe and a photo and I’ll post I said.  So here it is.  I think throughout the summer I’ll post some unusual drink combinations.  But will start with this.  The recipe is from Simply Recipes and the photo is from my friend Alton Gunn.  I guess he also made an awesome Strawberry-Rhubarb pie, too.  Go Al!

Rosemary Lemon Rhubarb Spritzer

  • 1 pound rhubarb, cleaned, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • Soda water or carbonated water

Put rhubarb pieces, water, sugar, and rosemary leaves into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes. Rhubarb pieces will disintegrate.  Remove from heat. Strain out the solids with a fine mesh strainer. Add lemon juice. If too sweet for taste, add a little more lemon juice. Chill until ready to serve.  To serve, fill a quarter to a half of the glass with the lemon, rhubarb, rosemary syrup, and the rest with soda water.

Makes about 3 cups of syrup, and 1 1/2 to 2 quarts of spritzer.