Thursday, May 14, 2009

Rhubarb Sangria

Not in my wildest of dreams did I ever think to add rhubarb to my repetoire and list of exotic cocktails, but guess what?And how very refreshing it is! I should clarify that by saying if you happen to enjoy rhubarb.
I have been reading a lot of recipes which include rhubarb and there are many floating around this time of year. My mother and grandmother grew rhubarb, but it was consumed strictly for pies, jams and chilled soups. They both would have enjoyed this drink.....cheers!

Rhubarb Sangria
1 C. sugar
3/4 C. water
1 bottle of sparkling rose-have it in the grocery stores
5 oz. of brandy
1 C. of red wine
2 t. lime juice
3 large stalks of rhubarb cut into 3/4 inch sections
1 t. vanilla
1 T. powdered sugar

Begin by cleaning the rhubarb stalks-chop and setting aside. Bring the sugar and water to a boil until the sugar has dissolved. Add the rhubarb.Let the rhubarb sit in the sugar solution for 5 to 10 minutes.Watch that it doesn't become too soft. Add the brandy, red wine, lime juice, vanilla, powdered sugar and stir vigorously in serving pitcher. Add the sugar water with rhubarb. Now add the sparkling rose wine at the last minute. Pour into glasses filled with ice and garnish with fruit.


MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

How fun my grandmother grew rhubarb too. My mom didn't. My grandmother wouldn't drink alcohol. My mother & I would both have really enjoyed this drink.

katiez said...

I LOVE rhubarb! I would love this...
I rarely see it here.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I've never used rhubarb but this cocktail is an eye-popper. I've noticed more rose on the shelf lately - that's a good thing in my opinion. We loved the French rose when we were in Provence. Glad to see it might be catching on in the US.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Beautiful! I've never cooked with rhubarb, but this looks like the perfect initiation! Cheers!

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

I just spend an hour chopping rhubarb. We have two patches, and I got some in my CSA box at the farm market today.

Tomorrow: Rhubarb pie for my DH and blueberry-rhubarb crisp for me.

Love the idea of drinking it...

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

About rosé from Provence that Sam mentioned above: We consumed a bottle a day when we were in France in 2007. The price was right - under five euros all over Paris. We even bought some when we were in Cahors - a good alternate for Malbec. I too have noticed more in local wine bins.

Anonymous said...

Woah!!! I can IMAGINE that would taste sooo good! Must try!!!!