LA Farmer's Markets seem to be overrun with rhubarb! What is the deal?! LOL
In an effort to do my part and get the produce-a-movin', here are three fun cocktails that you can create right now for your wedding season events. And by wedding season, I am talking about all the get togethers you're going to be a part of in this season of celebration. Don't wait for the Big Day to serve spirited rhubarb cocktails.
Strawberry Rhubarb Margaritas
Adapted from Bobby Flay
2 cups white tequila
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup triple sec, such as Cointreau
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons fresh ripped mint leaves
Crushed ice, for the shaker
8 fresh strawberries, hulled and finely diced
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large stalks rhubarb, coarsely chopped
Combine 1 1/2 cups water and the sugar in a medium saucepan over high heat. Cook until the sugar is dissolved. Add the rhubarb and cook until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and steep for 1 hour. Drain the liquid into a small saucepan and cook over high heat until slightly reduced and thickened, about 5 minutes. Transfer the syrup to a bowl. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
Rhubarb Pie Cocktail
12 ounces (about 5 stalks) Rhubarb
¼ cup Water
¼ cup Sugar
8 ounces Vodka 14
Mix 1 ounce rhubarb puree with 2 ounces Vodka 14 in a shaker with ice. Shake, pour over ice in a lowball glass. Vodka 14 suggests rimming the glass with sugar, and garnish with mint leaves and a cinnamon stick.
Instructions for the Rhubarb puree:
Chop desired amount of rhubarb into small pieces (I used a chopper). Place in a saucepan over medium heat with the water to soften. Within about 5-10 minutes it will self-puree.
Add the sugar slowly until the rhubarb is slightly tart (versus extremely tart). Adjust to your personal taste.
Place a strainer or sieve over a bowl and pour rhubarb mixture into the strainer. With a spatula or pliable spoon, push the rhubarb through the strainer to release the juice. If your rhubarb did not fully breakdown when cooking you may use a food processor or blender to puree the rhubarb mixture until smooth and follow the directions above with the strainer. Allow strained juice to cool. Discard pulp.
1 oz white rum
2 oz rhubarb syrup
5 (or so) mint leaves
1 Tablespoon lime juice
In the bottom of a glass add a bit of nutmeg, lime zest, mint leaves and the lime juice. Using a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon muddle the ingredients. You want to really bruise and break up the mint leaves. Add the rum and syrup, give a light stir then top with ice. Garnish with mint and a thin slice of rhubarb.
This is enough syrup to make plenty of cocktails. If alcohol isn’t for you a couple ounces of this syrup added to sparkling water and a squeeze of lime makes a delightful non-alcoholic version of this drink.
If rhubarb, in particular, just isn't your thing, then click here to find even more cocktail options for your wedding!