One of the things I love to do on a lazy weekend is to mix up a batch of cocktails and sit on my caged in porch while working on my computer. It was a little too chilly to fully appreciate sitting outside on Saturday, but it didn't stop me from mixing some delicious drinks. I had picked up some rhubarb at the Hollywood farmers market last weekend and was anxious to use it. A little while ago I saw this rhubarb soda on the Culinate site and thought it would probably be delicious with a little vodka mixed in. They must have read my mind because this past week I came across this rhubarb cosmopolitan on the same site. I still have a bunch of lemons from Raulito's brother so I just used those and came up with a delicious combination of both of the recipes. After I had tried each drink as written, I decided to just fill a glass with some ice, add the rhubarb syrup, some vodka, a splash of lemon juice, and then topped it off with some sparkling water. Since I prefer my drinks on the tart side, it was my favorite combination and a really delicious (if not naughty) way to enjoy rhubarb.
Rhubarb Simple Syrup
Makes 1 1/2 cups
1 1/2 cups chopped rhubarb (about 5 stalks)
About 1 cup sugar (I used a little less)
1 1/2 cups water
Place rhubarb, sugar, and 1½ cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer. Cook for about 15 minutes, until the syrup is bright pink.
Turn off the heat and allow to cool. Strain syrup into a large jar.