Many people have preconceptions about what a lady likes to drink. Often times more than not, people associate "girly drinks" with well, girls. I guess I'm kind of an anomoly. I actually quite love beer and prefer them ten times over mixed drinks. When I do hit that "hard stuff" I prefer gin, especially in the form of gin & tonics!
There's something so refreshing about the herbal notes in gin mixed with some fizzy tonic water, and of course with a good dose of fresh lime. After perusing through the Foodgawker and Tastespotting archives for rhubarb recipes, I was quite taken by the idea of rhubarb gin & tonics. It's the combination of my favorite drink with my new favorite Summertime ingredient!
The rhubarb syrup is simple enough, and actually, so is the cocktail - no muddling, shaking, or stirring required! Of course the color is just stunning, but the taste is just as well. You get a bit of tartness from the rhubarb that is incredibly delicious! And as it would seem, I guess I like girly drinks after all :)
Yields: about 1 cup
Original recipe here.
4 cups chopped rhubarb
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Combine everything in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook gently until the fruit is soft and the liquid has thickened slightly, about 20 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, pressing on the solids to remove excess liquid. Pour into a bottle and refrigerate until ready to use.
Rhubarb Gin & Tonic
Yields: 1 cocktail
2 oz. gin
5 oz. tonic water
2 tbsn. rhubarb syrup
Combine everything over ice, enjoy!