Bring on the rhubarb! After a long (albeit rather warm) winter, I just can't get enough of those lanky red stalks. Since rhubarb is on the tart side, it's often paired with sweet, summery fruits like strawberry or raspberry, but one of my favorite rhubarb combos is rhubarb and ginger—especially in a light, refreshing cocktail.
Start off with an easy rhubarb syrup (you just simmer rhubarb with sugar and water), then build flavors that will dusts off your sleepy winter tastebuds. Vodka will let the fruit shine, and fresh lime juice will brighten the flavor. The whole number is topped off with a hearty portion of spicy ginger ale—try Bruce Cost, which actually tastes like ginger. (If you like it really spicy, use ginger beer instead.)
This is a great drink for a picnic—make a batch without the vodka for friends who would prefer it non-alcoholic. (It's still delicious that way.)
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About the author: Kelly Carámbula blogs about her adventures in the kitchen, including a weekly happy hour, on eat make read. She is also the founder and publisher of Remedy Quarterly, an independent food journal.