Rhubarb Ginger Maple Pie



The rhubarb patch in the garden is ready for harvest and one of my favorite things to make is pie.  This recipe is sweet and tart, what I like is there is only natural sugar in the pie. It’s made with maple syrup, lemon and ginger.  Very simple ingredients and easy to make. Unknown-1Unknownrhubarcrust_MG_3490


  • rhubarb
  • ginger
  • lemon
  • cinnamon
  • maple syrup
  • butter
  • cornstarch
  • pie dough



Strawberry Rhubarb Shrub


I discovery a shrub at a farmers market in Madison Wisconsin, a lady was selling kombucha and this syrup called a shrub.

The fascination still continues as I read about the history and google recipes online. As most things usually go once you discover something then you start to notice it..  My friend Karla and I did some research and made a few shrubs at home. There are a lot of techniques for making shrubs we use the cold process.

The shrub is a fruit, sugar and vinegar syrup that can be mixed with soda, booze or both. A shrub is both tart and sweet; the acidic trace enhances the fruit and smooths out the sweetness of the sugar.  In colonial America shrub syrup was a method to preserve fruit before we had refrigeration. And a thirst quencher on hot days.

As I mentioned there are several methods to making a shrub, I use the simple cold process.




Ingredients are all equal parts

1cup fruit diced up into pieces

1 cup sugar

1 cup vinegar {cider, champagne or balsamic}

Place fruit in bowl. Cover with sugar and stir.

Cover and store in refrigerator until juice exudes from fruit and starts to combine with sugar to form syrup. This may need a couple of days. Don’t worry how long the fruit sits in the frig it will not harm the syrup.

Strain syrup from fruit. I use a cheese cloth and squish lightly on the fruit to express any remaining juice. Add any remaining sugar into syrup.

Add vinegar and stir to combine.

Pour into clean bottle. Store in refrigerator.

Check to see if all the sugar has dissolved.

I’ve read that you can keep the shrub in the frig for up to a year.

         Cocktail Mixture

2 parts spirit {gin,vodka,rum ect}

½ part shrub

2 dashes of bitters {lemon,orange ect.}

other options are to add:

1 part flavored liqueur

combine ingredients with ice in cocktail shaker poor over ice in glass and add a splash of sparkly water.

images styled with Karla Spies

Rhubarb Cocktails

It’s time to harvest the rhubarb, and I am looking for something new to try.  I had tried a friends rhubarbtini last summer, so after some research I came up with this rhubarb simple syrup.  And then use the rhubarb simple syrup as your mixology base, the combinations are endless-have fun.  We tried several different recipes and I will share with you the top two, and they are equally fabulous.

The first is a version of the Farm Girl Cosmo ..from The Huffington post but with a twist.

Farm Girl Martini

  • 3/4 cup vodka
  • 1 cup Rhubarb Syrup
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur
  • Thin slices of lime twists, for garnish
  • Shake over ice and serve straight up in a chilled martini glass

The next cocktail I would not have imagined I would have liked it, since it is made with Gin. But I really enjoyed the sweet and spicy combination of this cocktail.

Rhubarb – Ginger Cocktail

1oz rhubarb syrup,  1oz ginger liqueur and 1 shot of Gin  served over ice

this cocktail was from  www.savor-the-rhubarb.com  this web site has endless information on rhubarb and recipes:)  I’m already waiting for my next batch of rhubarb to grow so I can get mixing up some more. enjoy