I was an extreme rhubarb skeptic – until today! I wanted to throw this post up quickly because here in Southeast Alaska spruce tips are almost over, but you can still find some patches up high and in colder areas. If you have a garden in SE AK you probably have a giant rhubarb plant. Which you should also be harvesting right about now! Throw the two together and you get a surprisingly delicious mix in which both flavors distinctly come out but are also exceptionally complimentary.
We immediately combined this syrup with soda water and a slice of lemon for a super refreshing afternoon beverage. Throw some vodka in there and you’ve got yourself a bang-up cocktail!
Spruce Tip Rhubarb Syrup
- 2 pounds trimmed clean rhubarb stalks
- 1/2 cup spruce tips
- 4-5 cups water
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
Thinly slice rhubarb and rough chop spruce tips. Place in large sauce pan and just cover with water, should be about 4 to 5 cups water. Bring to boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 25-ish minutes or until rhubarb is very soft. Ladle through a fine mesh sieve into another saucepan. The syrup will be cloudy, but all the rhubarb and spruce tips will be caught by the sieve. Return syrup to the stove, add sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for about five minutes or until syrup is completely dissolved. Simmer until you hit a consistency you like, I kept mine the consistency of simple syrup.