Rhubarb Ginger Splash

Rhubarb Ginger Splash

Rhubarb Ginger Splash: A refreshingly tart, low calorie, and non-alcoholic summer drink, in a lovely natural pale pink.

A refreshingly tart, low calorie, and non-alcoholic summer drink, in a lovely natural pale pink. Luella Godman told me this delicious recipe when we stayed at Avonlea, her Connemara horse farm on Gotland. It takes four days to brew on the counter top, but is worth the wait.

5 to 8 stalks of rhubarb, washed and chopped into 1″ pieces
3 lemons, washed, sliced into thin slices
3 pieces of fresh ginger, each about the size of your thumb, roughly peeled and chopped

Place the rhubarb pieces, lemon slices, and chopped fresh ginger into a large crock with a lid, or a deep metal stockpot with cover. Pour two large kettles-full of boiling water over them, and cover. Let rest for four days at room temperature.

On the fourth day make a simple syrup by placing one cup granulated sugar in a small saucepan and adding 1 cup water. Heat until it boils, stirring once in while to make certain the sugar crystals are completely dissolved. While this is cooling slightly, strain out the rhubarb, lemon, and ginger from the crock. Add the simple syrup to sweeten to taste. (I like it rather tart, so only use about 1/2 cup of the syrup.) Pour or ladle into bottles or jars and refrigerate. Serve cold. A spring of mint or a lemon slice makes a nice extra touch.

While this is not an authentic medieval recipe for Gotland – in the 9th century the lemons would have have to come from the Middle East, and been unimaginably dear – you might recall that Ceridwen was given a slice of fresh ginger by one of the Idrisid slave women to help ease her sea-sickness in The Claiming. That said, Luella’s Rhubarb Ginger Cooler makes an unusual, and pretty drink, which I think you’ll enjoy.

Medieval Feast Scene

Medieval Feast Scene, one of the charming woodcuts illustrating The Cookery Book(let).

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  • Robin in Vermont February 15, 2016, 2:27 pm

    Hi Octavia:

    Just wanted to stop by and give you some encouragement as you work on the 5th book. I hope it’s going well, and that you have someone there, bringing you pots of tea and biscuits, to make it easier!

    We’ve chatted a bit in the comments under my Amazon reviews of the first three books, though I doubt you would remember me. I blazed through the series, but found myself unable to proceed past the half-way mark while reading the 4th. I think it was this sense that if I kept reading, I would find myself dropping off the edge of the world, a world I couldn’t bare to see it end until I had the 5th book ready and waiting for me, when I got to the end.

    Take your time, of course, and write in that beautiful and moving way that you do.


    • Octavia February 15, 2016, 4:40 pm

      Oh Robin, what a message. I know the feeling myself, of not wanting something to end; your description of “dropping off the end of the world” is a good one. I’m happy to tell you that you should have Book Five in March 2016. You’re in the Circle – the mailing list – and thus will know before the general public. I hope it will be worth the wait, and look forward very much to your reaction to it! Until then, stay cozy, dear friend.

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