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

Rhubarb Paloma
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    For the rhubarb syrup:
  • 3 stalks rhubarb, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • For the Rhubarb Paloma
  • 1/2 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.
  4. To make the cocktail:
  5. 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
  6. Makes 1 cocktail
Recipe Type: Cocktail, Beverage

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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17 thoughts on “Rhubarb Paloma #LeftoversClub

  1. Shaina

    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. Johanna

    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!

  3. Teresa

    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.

  4. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    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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