Hard strawberry RHUBARB (tea) lemonade + a giveaway

Hard strawberry RHUBARB (tea) lemonade

Now that Thom and I are adults who no longer blow through bottles of hard liquor, we keep the booze cupboard (is it a cupboard if it has no doors?) stocked with the good stuff. Not necessarily the overpriced, top-shelf “good stuff” – but the organic, made with wholesome ingredients good stuff; the kind of stuff you could sip on all day because it’s so smooth and delicious and not completely terrible for you. The kind of stuff you hide from your friends because they’ve all got mile high tolerances and SERIOUSLY GUYS WHERE’D YOU FIND THAT VODKA?

If we’re playing favorites, Art in the Age is definitely it. We first got hooked on the company a couple of years ago when we were introduced to ROOT – and shortly thereafter, SNAP. Each of the spirits went on heavy rotation and eventually earned a permanent spot on our top shelf.Β After our house tour went live on Apartment Therapy (do yourself a solid and read the comments, they’re pretty entertaining) (also, the jade tree is dead – one point for Thom) AITA sent us a bottle of RHUBARB (tea) and I sipped on it for a few days before deciding to put the spirit to use in something seasonal and fruity.Β And although I’m not really into mixed drinks (straight up gin + lime, please), this drink is definitely something I can get behind. Because is there an adult beverage more appropriate for this time of year than hard lemonade? With strawberries and rhubarb? I think not.


Oh, and did you notice this place got a little facelift? Big thanks to Emma + Kebin (yup, Kebin – not Kevin) for being straight up bosses and putting up with my all around indecisiveness and excessive use of exclamation points/smiley faces. The site looks incredible – so me – and I really love it and hope you do, too.

To celebrate, Art in the Age is offering one lucky US reader a gift pack consisting of an AITA compass tote, Field Notes notebook, AITA letter pressed coasters, AND Hammerstone’s whiskey disks. (Due to liquor laws, they can’t send out a bottle of booze.) To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post by 26 May at 8PM MST.Β 

Giveaway is closed. Congrats, Nicole!

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Notes: This drink is a bit on the sweet side. Thom says it’s as sweet as someone should expect hard lemonade to be, but if you’re not into drinking straight up sugar (like me), make your lemonade with half the original amount of sweetener; if it’s premade, cut it with equal parts of water and fresh squeezed lemon juice. If you can’t find RHUBARB (tea), cucumber vodka is a delicious substitute. Big thanks to Kels for leaving it behind at my birthday party – what a pal! And for those of you who are ounce illiterate; one ounce = two tablespoons.


Strawberry simple syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup filtered water
1 1/2 cups quartered strawberries

Mixed drink
2 oz RHUBARB (tea)
3 oz lemonade
1/2 oz strawberry simple syrup

Add the strawberries, water and strawberries to a heavy bottom saucepan set over medium heat. Once the mixture starts to boil, cook for 10 minutes then reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat and strain the mixture using a fine mesh sieve (the finer the sieve the smoother the syrup). If you’d prefer a more gelatinous syrup, skip the straining and blend the mixture until smooth. Allow the syrup to cool then transfer to an air tight container and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the hard lemonade, place a handful of ice into a small mason jar. Pour liquor over the ice, followed by the lemonade. Stir in simple syrup and serve.

Yield: about 1 cup simple syrup | 1 drink


  • Reply thelittleloaf May 22, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    The new site looks gorgeous, congratulations! i SEEM to be writing all in caps, but think the beautiful site and recipe totally deserve them :-)

  • Reply Erin May 22, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Oh dang, this looks good! Looking forward to making some version of it this summer, thanks for the recipe!

  • Reply ashley May 22, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    hAHAHA…dying about hiding the good alcohol from your friends with “mile high” tolerances. :) umm, also laughing about the jade tree, hehe. i adore the new look of your site. very fitting, Simple, + just fabulous. This drink is a dream and so very pretty. love all around!! Also, i’m not yelling but can only type in all caps….

  • Reply Holly @ Eatgreatbegreat May 22, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    This lemondade sounds wonderful…a perfect summer drink!

  • Reply Vanessa May 22, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    I love the new site!

  • Reply Lana May 22, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    This drink looks so pretty! congrats on the new site – it’s gorgeous. i need to get my hands on some of this beautiful alcohol..you’ve sold me haha!

  • Reply Lauren @ Breathe & Nourish May 22, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    I absolutely love the new blog layout, and your posts, as per usual. :) Happy summer!

  • Reply JAMIE @ green beans & grapefruit May 22, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    THe site is gorgeous- congrats! Love the layout. Now, I need to get my hand on some Art in the age stat.

  • Reply Laura May 22, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Ahahahahah. Oh my god. Those comments are testament to the douche-chill tendencies running rampant through society. Also, I’m mostly a straight booze served neat/sometimes on the rocks kinda gal too, but this sounds perfectly summery. Plus rhubarb!!! Anything rhubarb wins. (can’t wait to chug aaaaaallll of your high quality booze come next winter on our visit ;)))))

  • Reply Melissa // The Fauxmartha May 22, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Love your new diggs! Adding this to my summer drink lists sans alcohol, tears!

  • Reply heather May 22, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    First of all, YUM! That recipe looks amazing, and just in time for summer. ;)

    Also, your new site looks a-mazing. I saw your post on Instagram this morning and scrambled to my laptop to see the real deal. Love it!

  • Reply claire frykman May 22, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    can’t wait to try this recipe!

  • Reply Rachel May 22, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    yum… whisky!

  • Reply Lara May 22, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    I think i read through 4502 posts on this blog. You’re gorgeous. and funny.
    Best wishes, Lara

  • Reply Thess May 22, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Yes please!! This sounds heavenly! And the pictures are gorgeous as well!! Love your blog design, it looks so fresh and clean!

  • Reply Loren May 22, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    The new design looks great, as does that lemonade!

  • Reply kickpleat May 22, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Your new space is lovely & amazing!!! Love the lil’ illustration. And I so want to drink up your lemonade. I’d have 2 glasses. And even though I’m Canadian, I’d still like to enter the contest & have it be a gift to my bestie in the US of A, you know, in case I win or something! Congrats.

  • Reply Ariela May 23, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    I fell for AITA when I lived in Philly and have been sad not to find them so easily in Boston! I’ve had Rhuby on the rocks (delicious!) but love this summery recipe. Thanks for the idea, for repping such a great company, and for your lovely/funny/inspiring blog. The new design looks fabulous!

  • Reply Kathryne May 23, 2013 at 3:23 AM

    LOVE your new site! That logo is just perfect. Thanks for the introduction to AITA. I just checked their site and I should be able to find their products at my favorite liquor store, so I’ll keep an eye out. What’s up with those Apartment Therapy commenters? Obviously AT isn’t shipping an interiors photographer around the country to take house tour photos. Your photos looked great.

  • Reply sf11 May 23, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    The drink looks great!

  • Reply Kim May 23, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    What beautiful pictures!

  • Reply The Vegan Cookie Fairy May 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    The new site looks gorgeous! I like how you always keep it simple and bright. I’d love a glass of this lemonade now, but the weather in London is a little bit more suited to hot whiskeys at the moment… :(

  • Reply Ruthy @ Omeletta May 23, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    The new site looks beautiful! Very clean and classy. A little like this delicious-looking hard lemonade, no? :)

  • Reply Kate May 23, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Awesome that you featured this company and their fabulous booze – they’ve been around here in Philly longer than I have, but I wound up at a few art openings years back that featured Root and Snap as part of a choice of free small cocktails, which needless to say, was awesome. Still haven’t gotten around to trying the Rhuby, but this recipe seems like perfect inspiration, so thank you!

  • Reply Nicole Leigh May 23, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Oh. Man. This looks fantastic!
    With Memorial Day coming up I’ll definitely have to try this one out on the family! :)

  • Reply Irina @ wandercrush May 23, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Your photos are so stunning, Ashlae. The colours scream summer! I’m likin’ the new layout, too. So inspired by your blog.

  • Reply Sarah May 23, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Rhubarb…liquor? MIND=BLOWN.

  • Reply apunc1 May 23, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Those looks really good even though i’m not a sugar-y drinker either. I can drink a Long Island Iced Tea and vodka with cranberry, but that’s about it.

  • Reply erika May 23, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    I am so inspired to try Art in the Age now–so excited there’s a store that carries their stuff near me! I loved your old blog look but this one’s pretty cool too :)

  • Reply Monika May 23, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Site looks great! I LOVE Root… and snap… and rhuby… good stuff. I’ve never tried the Rhubarb (tea), though! The Art In The Age store in Philly is fun to peruse, too.

  • Reply Trisha @ Vignette May 23, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    I love the color of this drink! It looks quite refreshing – perfect for summer!

  • Reply Heidi Babi May 23, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    The new site looks amazing, the booze looks amazing, and the giveaway is pretty amazing. I think all in all, you win the amazing vote today!

  • Reply Courtney West May 23, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Um so why are you just giving us photos of stuff? Hahahha JUST KIDDING! I just read the comments on the AT feature like you suggested and laughed my butt off! It’s amazing what people feel the need to complain about. Anywho, loving the new site design and this yummy vibrant drink! I’ve been excited about rhubarb things lately because I finally found a local farmer that grows it. Oh, and a belated congrats on the Saveur nom!

  • Reply alexa May 23, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    seems like the perfect drink for summer evenings on a porch with good friends!

  • Reply Kankana May 23, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Absolutely beautiful drink and just the right time with temperature shooting to eighties! The new look is a-mazing! love it :)

  • Reply saniel May 23, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Yum rhubarb and strawberries. Love the site.thanks

  • Reply Deb May 23, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Strawberries and rhubarb are an irresistible flavor pairing that just screams spring! Add some great booze and what a festive drink!

  • Reply Emily May 23, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    The new site is beautiful! (the old one was too).

  • Reply Laura May 23, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Love the new site! Thanks for putting such a beautiful space out in the world for others to enjoy :).

  • Reply Jade Sheldon May 24, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    The blog looks fantastic!! And this drink sounds AMAZING.

  • Reply Corisa May 24, 2013 at 5:32 AM

    your blog is so unique and I love it!

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  • Reply Rosie May 24, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    This lemonade looks INCREDIBLE! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!


  • Reply StephDub May 24, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    This recipe (and the renovated site) looks amazing! Perfect for Summer cocktail gatherings.

  • Reply Kari May 24, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Great new site, wonderfully summerful drink (might just have to make it this weekend), and here is to wonderfully small batch/artisonal, lovingly made liquors!

  • Reply Erica May 24, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    HIP HIP!!

    I lurve the new site :) It is so minimalistic and clean. Also, love this giveaway..YAY

  • Reply emily May 24, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Your site looks amazing! I’ll definitely be bookmarking this drink, as I’m preggo right now. Who knows – maybe I’ll make it and watch other people drink it, living vicariously through them! :)

  • Reply Gina May 24, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Love the new look. This adult beverage looks perfect for summer!

  • Reply RissBee May 24, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Love the straws and I look forward to one day trying these lovely spirits! I think you might enjoy http://www.myerfarmdistillers.com/products/ in upstate New York. They produce amazing gin, corn whiskey, and more. They are all organic, hand crafted and beautifully executed products. Cheers!

  • Reply Cindy May 24, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Love your new site.. But then I love everything you do here! :)

  • Reply Laura Iberti May 24, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Wow! The site looks so neat! And what a great giveaway!! :)

  • Reply Chelsea B May 24, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Boozy strawberry-rhubarb lemonade = excuse to have a party!

  • Reply Anna May 24, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    This sounds fantastic. I may have to track down RHUBARB (tea) somewhere around here!

  • Reply Sara May 24, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    This drink looks yummy!

  • Reply Carrie May 24, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    You have beautiful photos and beautiful writing! This looks like the classier version of the vodka punch in a gatorade bottle I made in college…looking forward to trying to make this at home!

  • Reply kristen May 24, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    i’m always on the lookout for a new spirit, and i think the new site design is rad.

  • Reply Janel @ Creating Tasty Stories May 24, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Your site is lovely and the drink sounds fantastic. Rhubarb? Yes, please!

  • Reply Jeanie K May 24, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Love ur site. You make some pretty fabulous looking food!

  • Reply Deb A. May 25, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    This looks like a fabulously refreshing beverage. Might snow today but soon I’ll be looking for Rhubarb Art in the Age.

  • Reply Becky @ A Calculated Whisk May 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    That drink (and those coasters) are amazing! Also, love those straws!!!

  • Reply Christina May 25, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    This looks delicious!! Can’t wait to make some this summer once the weather heats up!

  • Reply Christina @ Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe May 25, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    LOVE the new look!

  • Reply Nicole May 25, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    HI! I clicked this link off of FindingVegan thinking you made the recipe with fresh Rhubarb. I just got a bundle in my CSA box and was like, what the heck am I going to do with this?! Although the post didn’t solve my issue, I am officially craving some Hard lemonade with Rhubarb! YUMM!

    I’m in DC and there are SO many liquor stores here ( I guess politics are stressful!) so I’ll search for this next time I’m in one! Thanks so much for the pretty pictures and recipe.

    I’d like one ticket to the giveaway please :)

  • Reply Steph P May 25, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Love the new website design, and gorgeous photos as always!

  • Reply Erin May 26, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    YUM YUM YUM! Looks and sounds absolutely wonderful.

  • Reply Brynn May 26, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    I want all of those, forever. That drink looks AMAZING

  • Reply Bridget May 27, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    New blog design- thumbs up
    New spirits to try- two thumbs up.
    Summahtime + living easy, soon to come!

  • Reply Kathryn May 27, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    A little late but bloody hell the new site looks gorgeous!

  • Reply Monica May 27, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Based solely on your recommendations, I procured a bottle (…okay, two) of Root this weekend. Is this a life-changer? Oh, most certainly. I am going to expand my collection to all the flavors :) As an added bonus, it has given me street cred with my artsy boozy friends! Thanks!

  • Reply Kamie Stevenson May 27, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Can’t wait to try this!

  • Reply Kasey May 30, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    The intro to your post is amazing. I don’t blow through booze as quickly as I did (though wine still seems to go quickly). But, but, good quality stuff is the only stuff worth drinking.

  • Reply Kayla May 30, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Fingers crossed I can find Art in the Age in Bozeman, MT!

  • Reply Richard May 31, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Congrats on a lovely new site. This recipe is great for hot summer days :) Thanks so much as our local market is soon to have fresh strawberry’s, yummy

  • Reply Kimberly June 6, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Inspired by this post, I just went out and bought root, rhubarb and snap. So good. This summers looking nice!

  • Reply Simone Anne June 10, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    I’m generally a quiet yet dedicated reader. Definitely read (some of) the comments on your home tour after this pose. Whaaat?! haha. People must have a lot of time on their hands to spend so much time complaining. In comments. On a blog. When the same things have already been said. Oh, people. haha.

    That map is AMAZING. AHHH. I want to make one just like that! Did he lay the paper map down and then pin it? Or drew the outline of the map on the corkboard before cutting it? I’m a bit confused but would love to make my own! :)


  • Reply Simone Anne June 10, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Also, I definitely teared up reading the post about your mom. I hope you’re still feeling empowered & loved! :)

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