Apparently I’m on a bit of a pink cocktail kick with the Elegant Spice a few weeks ago, the cocktail inspiration with the cherry blossom party and now this pretty little one! It must be all that dreaming of spring. And, you know it must be spring when you start to see rhubarb pop up at the grocery store and farmers markets. Yay!
Rhubarb Basil Cocktail (from theKitchn)
3 medium basil leaves
3 tablespoons rhubarb puree (recipe to follow)
1.5 ounces vodka
Put the basil in the bottom of a glass and press with the back of a spoon to bruise slightly. Add the rhubarb purée and stir. Add vodka and ice cubes and top with club soda. Garnish with a basil leaf.
Rhubarb Puree (from theKitchn)
12-13 stalks of rhubarb
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
Chop the rhubarb into small, 1/2-inch pieces. Put in a medium saucepan with the sugar and water. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until the rhubarb is soft.
Transfer the mixture to a food processor or blender and purée until smooth. Set a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and pour the rhubarb through the strainer, pressing to get as much of the rhubarb out as possible. Discard the leftover fibrous bits.
Use rhubarb purée in this cocktail or pour over ice cream. Yum!