Monday, August 17, 2009

Rhubarb...shaken, not stirred.

Yesterday I cooked the rhubarb that I bought at the Parkdale Farmers' Market and it is patiently waiting to join a bowl of ice cream tonight. While I had it on the stovetop, I decided to drain off the liquid and try to make rhubarb syrup -- it wasn't entirely successful but I did end up with rhubarb juice -- very concentrated rhubarb juice. And what do you do with juice? You make a cocktail!

Rhubarb Cosmo:

1 shot Vodka (I used Absolut)
1 splash Triple Sec or Cointreau (or Grand Marnier if you're feeling fancy!
Rhubarb Juice
A splash of soda water
The juice from one lime wedge
Grenadine

Chill your martini glass prior to making the drink. Take a cocktail shaker and fill it halfway with ice cubes (not crushed ice as that will water it down). Pour in the vodka, triple sec, soda, lime juice and shake gently.
Pour a few drops of grenadine in the bottom of the martini glass, then strain the rest on top -- the grenadine changes the colour slightly and also adds a bit more sweetness, as rhubarb can be quite tart!
Garnish with a lime wedge.

I also thought about making this in a highball glass, with more soda water and a stalk of rhubarb as a garnish. There are so many possibilities! The best part about this cocktail is that there was no waste from the rhubarb! Eco-friendly and refreshing, it was fun to make and even more fun to drink!

Cheers!

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