Remember back when I made this strawberry rhubarb tart, and I promised you guys a cocktail recipe that features the same rhubarb syrup? Well, this pretty little pink drink is it!
The best thing about this cocktail is that it's hardly sweet at all. I'm partial to cocktails that are light on the sugar and heavy on the less caloric ingredients like seltzer and fruit juices... and don't even get me started on those pre-made mixes! I can't stand when I order a drink and it tastes too sweet for even dessert -- who wants to start a meal off like that?
This, on the other hand, is incredibly light and refreshing, and it uses one of the freshest summer ingredients you can find.
Do any of you guys have rhubarb growing in your gardens this summer? If so, come on over -- I'll supply the rest!
1/2 cup water
1 cup sliced rhubarb (1 large stalk)
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 ounces vodka
1 cup seltzer
Strawberries, for garnish
In a small saucepan, cook the rhubarb on medium-low heat with 1/4 cup of sugar, vanilla extract and 1/2 cup of water until broken down and tender, about 20 minutes (add more water if it runs too low).
Mix together 2 tbsp rhubarb syrup, 1 ounce vodka, and 1/2 cup seltzer for each drink, stir thoroughly, and serve over crushed ice. Garnish with a fresh strawberry.