YES, more rhubarb. This is not just a shallow crush, some fickle spring-fling sort of deal. I have an honest love affair with rhubarb. Deal with it.
I recommend using clear rum, though I’ve seen recipes that use vodka and even gin. If using those, I’d suggest lime juice instead of lemon, and definitely use more sugar in the syrup if using vodka. I personally always have clear rum around the house in the summer for mojitos… *hint hint!*
Rhubarb-Strawberry Syrup and Cocktails
source: my imagination and tastebuds
Serves: about 3 generous drinks
1/2 c. water
1/3 c. sugar
2 c. chopped rhubarb
couple of strawberries
1 T. lemon juice
Bring all ingredients to a slow boil while stirring frequently. Let the mixture stew for 15 minutes on medium; stir occasionally. Use a heavy spoon to gradually smash up some of the fruit. Pour this through a fine strainer and use your spoon to press out as much of the liquid as possible. Let this cool to room temperature.
Fill a tumbler or goblet (fancy shmancy!) with ice. Pour in one ounce clear rum (or liquor of choice), two ounces of the rhubarb syrup, and two ounces of lemon-lime soda (like sierra mist or 7up). Poke the ice cubes to mix gently. You can add more syrup if you want it sweeter, or more 7up to make it fizzier and less “buzzy”. Looks really pretty garnished with a strawberry on the rim. :)
Coming soon: Hard Rhubarb Lemonade and Strawberry Rhubarb Mojitos!