When I had a rhubarb fizz at Salon Brixton, I absolutely loved it, and I was determined to recreate my own version at home. This really is the perfect springtime cocktail, and if you have some rhubarb syrup leftover, so much the better! It tastes absolutely delicious drizzled over fromage frais, yoghurt or ice-cream. You can also use it to make a non-alcoholic soda. Just add a couple of tablespoons to a glass and top up with sparkling water. I am, in fact, now rather addicted to having rhubarb syrup with my yoghurt and granola in the morning and am planning to cook up another batch over the weekend. Luckily, it’s incredibly easy to make and takes barely any time.
To make these rhubarb fizz cocktails, then, first you will need to make rhubarb syrup:
2 cups thinly sliced rhubarb
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest.
1/ Add all the ingredients to a large pan, bring to the boil and then allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the rhubarb has turned to pulp and the syrup is thick.
2/ Take off the heat and allow the mixture to cool, then push it through a fine sieve with a wooden spoon (I kept the remainder that didn’t go through the sieve to use as a sauce drizzled over fromage frais for dessert that night – delish!).
Ok, now it’s on to making up the cocktails! For these drinks, I used some raspberry gin I’d made using this recipe. You could use any gin though, or simply stick to sparkling wine. I also got a little fancy and garnished the drinks with some poached rhubarb (which I made by adding 2 inch pieces of rhubarb to a pan, along with a little sugar and water, clamped the lid on top and let cook for about 7 minutes, until the rhubarb pieces were tender but still held their shape). A slice of lemon would do just as well though!
Rhubarb Fizz Cocktails
Ingredients (per glass)
2 tablespoons rhubarb syrup
1 tablespoon raspberry gin (or any gin you like!)
poached rhubarb to garnish
1/ Add the rhubarb syrup and raspberry gin to a glass and top up with pink cava.
2/ Give the glass a stir and add a piece of poached rhubarb to garnish.
I must warn you, these cocktails are seriously addictive! Do you have a favourite drink recipe for spring?
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