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Rhubarb Rosemary Martini Or Spritzer

May 5, 2013

 

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How do you feel about rhubarb? Well…I enjoy the tart flavor and like the idea of paring these vibrant pink stalks with the fragrant herbal notes of rosemary. The woodsiness of the herb cuts the tartness of the rhubarb while the lemon cuts the sweetness. So, if you like rhubarb and you like rosemary, take the leap! Randy votes on mixing the syrup with Rum and making a Mojito. I like the idea of a martini and/or Prosecco. (Since this is my blog…I win!) Of course, for a non-alcoholic version… just add soda water. This cocktail is perfect for the season of bridal showers, baby showers, Sunday brunch or what’s wrong with Tuesday?!!!

Rhubarb Rosemary Martini OR Spritzer    (Adapted from Simple Recipes)

Makes about 3 cups

1 pound rhubarb, cleaned, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices

2 cups water

1  1/2 cups sugar

3 tablespoons rosemary leaves, chopped

1/2 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons), plus more if the syrup is too sweet

Vodka or Gin or Rum (add 2 ounces of gin or vodka, 2 tablespoons of syrup, and a splash of soda as a guide)

Soda water or carbonated water

Place rhubarb pieces, water, sugar, and rosemary leaves into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes. Rhubarb pieces will disintegrate. Remove from heat. Strain out the solids with a fine mesh strainer. Add lemon juice. If you feel it is too sweet, add a little more lemon juice. Chill until ready to serve. To serve as a martini, fill one-third of the glass with syrup and the rest with vodka or gin. (Then mix in a shaker.) To serve as a spritzer, fill a quarter to a half of the glass with rhubarb syrup, and the rest with soda water. Another idea is to use the syrup and add sparkling wine. Garnish: rosemary sprig and lemon twist.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 5, 2013 8:10 pm

    Well how beautiful are these! I’m with you – Prosecco sounds perfect. Cheers!

    • shreddedsprout permalink
      May 5, 2013 8:48 pm

      Well, we may just have to give these a taste test together!!

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