Rhubarb Paloma #LeftoversClub

A little sweet and a little tart, Rhubarb Paloma with homemade rhubarb syrup is the perfect drink to cool off with on a hot day. 

Rhubarb Paloma Cocktail from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

I was looking through my list of cocktails recently and I came to the realization that I have a bourbon problem.  Well maybe problem isn’t the right word.  I have a bourbon preference.  I like it, I find it quite tasty and it just works so well in various forms.   

Here’s the thing though, the rest of the my liquor cart is getting kind of lonely. I mean I could go on and give you bourbon and rye cocktails for days but I suppose just this one time I’d mix it up a little. 

I also suppose there might be someone out there who doesn’t care for the brown liquor (is that an audible gasp I hear?). 

I tease.  Perhaps….

Rhubarb Paloma from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen


Seeing that it’s Leftovers Club time again (how I’ve missed the last two months is beyond me), I decided to change things up a little bit with what I usually send off to my partner. 

I’ve been baking up a storm of cookie samples thanks to the kickstarter campaign, so I honestly couldn’t muster up the energy to bake a quick bread or even some crumble bars.  

What I did have was beautiful stalks of rhubarb, the idea for a new cocktail and plenty of sugar to turn said rhubarb into a gorgeous hued sweet syrup.  This syrup is perfect for homemade rhubarb soda, as a flavor for cakes, to drizzle on some ice cream and of course for cocktails! 

A Paloma is traditionally made with grapefruit soda, lime juice, tequila and salt but I felt like the tartness from the rhubarb plus the sweetness once it’s cooked down into the syrup would pair well with the tequila.  I was right and this is a refreshing drink, perfect after being out on a hot day! 

Homemade Rhubarb Syrup from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen


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Rhubarb Paloma
Recipe type: Cocktail, Beverage
For the rhubarb syrup:
  • 3 stalks rhubarb, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • ¾ cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup water
For the Rhubarb Paloma
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounces tequila blanco or reposado
  • 4 ounces rhubarb syrup
  • club soda
  • ice
  • lime wedges for garnish
To make the rhubarb syrup:
  1. In a medium pot over medium heat bring the rhubarb, sugar and water to a boil until the sugar is dissolved. Reduce to a simmer and let cook for 15 minutes.
  2. Place a fine mesh sieve over a bowl and pour the liquid out into the bowl and press the rhubarb against the sieve to get all the juice out.
  3. Makes about 1 cup of syrup.
To make the cocktail:
  1. In a collins glass, mix the lime juice, tequila and rhubarb syrup. Fill with ice and top with club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge
  2. Makes 1 cocktail

Thanks to Allspice and Nutmeg my Leftovers Club partner for June! She sent me these amazing caramel crumb bars and it was just what I need to dig into after a long day of work! 

Check out more of the Leftovers Club recipes today!


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Oh and hey kickstarter update! We are doing A-wesome. YES with a capital A because we hit the 75% funded mark yesterday. Woo-hoo! Keep on doing it you awesome people! 

Rhubarb Paloma from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

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  1. I’ve never thought to send a drink to my leftover club partner, that’s a good idea! Sometimes I feel like I always make the same thing to send out. Thanks for the inspiration to step out of the box!

  2. I love how you changed things up with this! The idea of sending a syrup is genius. And this one looks especially delicious!

  3. I love that this is what you sent to your partner this month– perfect for summer!! Glad to have you back in the leftovers club!!!

  4. What a cool Leftovers Club pick! I always do the same thing, so this is a perfect inspiration!

  5. So glad to be the recipient of this delicious syrup. I love it. It’s great on strawberries. Ice cream is next!

  6. Love the recipe and the pictures.
    The idea is genious.

  7. I absolutely love it when folks think outside the Leftovers Club. You now have me praying to the CSA gods to bring me some rhubarb!

  8. What a great idea and so refreshing!

  9. That sounds perfect for this season! I think I’m going to get right on that rhubarb syrup. There are some stalks in the garden that are ready for picking.

  10. I have (stolen) rhubarb in my fridge right now! Now I need some tequila…

  11. Keep bringin’ on the bourbon, Susan! I love it. But I won’t turn my nose up at this tequila number – this look so lovely and I bet it’s uber refreshing. I have big plans to mix a lot of cocktails for myself over the summer. You can bet I’ll be drinking my way through all of your fabulous recipes!



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