Nothing helps wrap-up a fabulous sunny day at the Portland Pug Crawl like an icy drink.
Two Saturdays ago, I bought a pile of bright red rhubarb stalks at the Portland Farmer's Market. It was a busy week and as the days passed the stalks became more and more wilted. My motivation to whip up a rhubarb pie also slipped away. What was I going to do with the sad pile?
While waiting for the Splendid Table to start on Sunday, I remembered that last spring Lynne Rossetto Kasper talked about her favorite birthday drink, a rhubarb-a-rita. She simmered and strained the rhubard to create a syrup. Then she mixed it with tequila and lime. It was the perfect solution to my rhubarb problem.
It tastes fabulous! A smooth mix of sweet and sour. And oh so pretty! (I wish I had taken a picture!)
Makes about a bit more than a pint of syrup. The syrup stores well in the refrigerator for improptu party needs!
2 Cups chopped rhubarb
2 Cups water (or to cover the rhubarb)
1 1/2 Cups sugar
Simmer together until sugar has melted and the rhubarb is cooked and broken apart into strands. Cool. Strain the syrup (over the sink!) through a cloth napkin or a cheese cloth. The syrup should be a rosy pink shade.
Shake 1 shot of syrup and 1 shot of tequila with ice. Pour over the rocks and add a squeeze of lime. (I like to cut mine with some homemade seltzer too.)
Enjoy the Spring sunshine. It looks like summer is just around the corner.