Ruby Tuesday Rhubarb Cocktail

What better way is there to bridge Monday to Wednesday (some call it hump day) than mixing up a batch of these cocktails? Rhubarb says spring to me and I get why it’s a revered springtime fruit. Or is it a vegetable, just like tomatoes are fruit. I love the tart taste of rhubarb and its effervescent feel on my tongue. Speaking of effervescence, rhubarb likes bubbles. In this cocktail I added rhubarb syrup to sparking rose wine, but you could add it to anything, boozy or not. It would be just as good with lemonade and soda just as it would be with gin and ginger ale. All you do is add a couple of tablespoons of the syrup to a glass and top it with anything you fancy. And it’s rhubarb…not too fancy but it tastes fancy. And it tastes like spring. Happy Tuesday all. -bvox

Ruby Tuesday Rhubar
b Cocktail
Per glass
2 tbsp rhubarb syrup
3/4 cup sparkling rose
Garnish with lime wedge and mint sprig

Rhubarb Syrup

4 cups rhubarb, washed and trimmed and cut into ½ inch chunks (about 4 medium stalks)
1 cup water
1 cup sugar

Combine, rhubarb, sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until rhubarb softens. Reduce heat and cover pan, stirring occasionally until rhubarb breaks down into thin fibers (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat and pour through a fine-mesh strainer, pressing with the back of a spoon until all the juice is released. Then chill the syrup until ready to use. The remaining solids can be saved for another use. I’m going to make rhubarb raspberry oat bars.

What a shiny bar


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3 thoughts on “Ruby Tuesday Rhubarb Cocktail

  1. Alicia May 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm Reply

    Looks awesome! I finally picked rhubarb last weekend and besides infusing a few jars, this will be on the list for sure!

    • Shiny Tomato May 1, 2012 at 9:27 pm Reply

      Mmm….I’ll keep an eye out or that post or sure.

  2. Steph McVox May 2, 2012 at 7:47 am Reply

    You could call it a Rhuby Tuesday – Hardy Har Har!

    I am going to try that this weekend.

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