Strawberry Rhubarb Juice

Strawberry Rhubarb Juice (Inspired by Strawberry Rhubarb Pie)

  • by Robin Frey
4.5 from 2 Reviews

 

Inspired by New England cuisine and long-time tradition, this fresh pressed juice will satisfy your craving for Mom's homemade strawberry rhubarb pie.

Yield 12 oz
Calories 95 cal
Yield and calories may vary depending on produce used and method of extraction.
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Time

Prep Time
03:00
Juice Time
03:00
Total Time
06:00

It's that time of year for strawberry rhubarb pie! 

Don't have a homemade pie stand nearby? No problem. We've recreated the scrumptious combo in a glass with the help of our in-house chef, Ari Sexner. 

strawberry rhubarb juice next to pie on a white table

Now, you can enjoy a delicious strawberry rhubarb recipe from the comfort of your home (or juice business).

A little history...

Rhubarb pie originated in the UK, where rhubarb has been grown since the 1600's. The pie is a popular spring tradition in Canada and in New England cuisine, as rhubarb is a plant that can survive cold weather. If you are unable to get fresh, in-season rhubarb, you can usually find it frozen. Just thaw or use slightly frozen and juice with the rest of your ingredients.

Click here to skip straight to the recipe instructions. Read on to learn why we love it and a few tips for making it as good as possible.

Why Do We Love This Strawberry Rhubarb Juice?

Let's start with the out-of-this-world flavor profile.

Rhubarb has a tart and tangy flavor that pairs amazingly with sweet fruit. That's why chef Ari included not only strawberry, but red and green apple as well. A tiny bit of lemon is also included to balance the overall flavor.

The resulting juice is sweet, tart, fragrant and perfectly balanced. You're going to savor every last drop.

Now, let's move on to the nutrition information and health benefits of this tasty DIY beverage.

Most strawberry rhubarb drink recipes you can find online are actually strawberry rhubarb lemonade recipes. Don't get us wrong -- we like lemonade. We just aren't a big fan of beverages that include 2 cups water and 1 cup sugar. We prefer to use real, solid ingredients from the local grocery store or farmer's market.

strawberry rhubarb juice ingredients

Here are some of the main health benefits of the finished juice:

  • Supports your immune systemAll 5 ingredients are high in vitamin C, which is well-known for its role in supporting a healthy immune system.
  • Reduces inflammation. 4 of the 5 ingredients have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Can help lower blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. That's thanks mainly to the apples, strawberries and rhubarb.
  • Good for digestive health. All 5 ingredients, including rhubarb, have been found to improve digestion and gut health.
  • Rich in antioxidants. One glass of this juice has a variety of antioxidants that help neutralize harmful free radicals in our bodies.
  • Increases energy. Apple juice, in particular, can be great for boosting energy.
  • Aids weight loss. You can't say the same about strawberry rhubarb pie (unfortunately).

Again, this gluten-free recipe includes no added sweeteners like sugar or simple syrup/rhubarb syrup. Just frozen or fresh strawberries, fresh rhubarb, fresh lemon juice and two types of apples.

Related recipe: Crazy Good Apple Cranberry Juice.

3 Tips for Making Perfect Strawberry Rhubarb Juice

Here are a few pieces of advice you should read before making this juice.

1. Get more juice yield by using half-thawed frozen strawberries

You can use fresh strawberries, but frozen strawberries that have been left out at room temperature for 30 minutes or so will allow you to get more juice per berry.

How does that work? When you freeze strawberries the water content expands, then when you thaw them it weakens the cellular structure . This works great with berries in general, giving lots more yield and it doesn't change the flavor.

Note: Strawberry is a mushy fruit, so take care not to overfill the press to avoid overflow. If you are trying to use completely thawed strawberries, they will not press well and you will be better off to use them as a puree, learn more about that here: Adding Pureed Fruit to Juice

2. Only use the rhubarb stalks -- no leaves!

Rhubarb leaves are considered inedible because of their high concentration of oxalic acid (source). Cut them off and juice only the rhubarb stalks!

3. Garnish the rim with a creatively cut strawberry

(You'll need a fresh strawberry for this.)

We cut a strawberry into slices while keeping the green top intact, then put it on the rim like this:

strawberry rhubarb juice with garnish square

Note: You can also try cutting a strawberry into a spiral to really take the presentation to the next level. This 1-minute video will show you how.

Health Benefits

  • supports immune system
  • reduces inflammation
  • lowers blood pressure
  • lowers blood sugar
  • lowers cholesterol
  • antioxidant
  • increases energy
  • aids weight loss
  • improves digestion

Ingredients

  • strawberries (preferably frozen)
    6 oz
    15 strawberries
  • rhubarb stalks
    1.75 oz
    1 stalk
  • green apple
    1.8 oz
    1/3 medium apple
  • red apple (we used Fuji)
    9.23 oz
    1 1/3 medium apple
  • lemon
    0.5 oz
    1/7 medium lemon

Directions

  1. Prior to making this recipe, remove the strawberries from the freezer to thaw. They are ready to juice with the rest of the ingredients when they are halfway thawed out.

  2. Wash fresh produce and weigh ingredients.

  3. Quarter the lemon (leaving skin on) and place directly into the press. If you don’t have a juice press, peel the lemon and juice with the rest of the ingredients.

  4. Grind remaining ingredients together and press.

Pro Tips

  • You can use fresh strawberries that have not been frozen, but you may find that you get more juice yield when you use half thawed berries.
  • If you are unable to get fresh, in-season rhubarb, you can usually find it frozen. Just thaw or use slightly frozen and juice with the rest of your ingredients.
  • Strawberry is a mushy fruit, so take care not to overfill the press to avoid overflow.
  • This easily becomes an amazing spring cocktail, just add vodka!

 

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4 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    Triple (at least) the recipe – using a juicer for 12 oz. is hardly worth the effort! And 2/3 of 2 apples won’t be left over. The juice will keep for a few days in the fridge. Round up a triple recipe from 3/7 lemon (that’s precise) to 1/2.

    Reply

    1. Hi Helen,

      If making juice at home or batches to bottle, we totally agree with you!!! For our juice bar clients, one serving recipes work perfectly for made to order juice on the M-1 juicer 🙂 Thank you for your scaling up tips! The beautiful thing about making juice on a real press, is the extended shelf life! This juice keeps in the refrigerator for at least 5 days when made on a real press (mine is gone within the first two days because it’s just that yummy). Learn more about the types of juicers here: https://www.goodnature.com/blog/types-of-juicers/

      Reply

  2. 5 stars
    Wow, just wow! This is my new FAVORITE, thank you!!!!!!!!

    Reply

    1. Glad you love it Amber! It’s my new favorite as well 🙂

      Reply