Breakfast in bed on Mother's Day is nice, but I bet most moms would rather have a Rhubarb Margarita.
Rhubarb syrup + orange juice + tequila + sparkling water = a nice mother's day drink
You probably have a wild patch of rhubarb nearby; it grows like a weed around here. I am not a huge fan of the tart perennial, so mine grows tall, flops over, and is forgotten until the following spring.
Not this year. Since I've figured out how to spike my drinks with Rhubarb Syrup, I've become quite a fan of the stuff. All I need to do is cut the stems into pieces, place them in a pot with water and sugar, and simmer. In less than an hour, my underrated weed transforms into a tart, pink syrup that makes a perfect spring tonic.
If you are like me and don't go in for sweet drinks, you'll love the bracing and refreshing Rhubarb Spritzer. Fill a cold tall glass with ice, half rhubarb syrup, and half sparkling water. Garnish with an orange slice.
Or rim a glass with sugar and make a Rhubarb Margarita, on the rocks. If your family does not get the hint and whip you up a drink from the garden, you may have to take matters into your own hands. The Rhubarb Syrup will keep for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
For the rhubarb syrup:
- 4 lbs. rhubarb, trimmed and cut into large pieces
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- juice of 2 oranges
- Place rhubarb, sugar and water in a medium heavy pot. Bring to a boil, stir to dissolve the sugar, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes.
- Strain the syrup over a fine mesh sieve into a large measuring cup. Press on the rhubarb with a spoon to squeeze out all the juice.
- Return the syrup to the pot and add the juice of two oranges. Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes to reduce to a thick syrup.
For the margarita:
- 1 orange, sliced for garnish
- sugar to coat the rim of the glass
- 3 ounces rhubarb syrup
- 2 ounces tequila
- splash of sparkling water
- Rub an orange slice around the rim of the glass and coat with sugar.
- Fill the glass with ice. In another glass, mix the rhubarb syrup, tequila, and a splash of sparkling water. Pour over the ice and garnish with a slice of orange.