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Strawberry Rhubarb Cocktail

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Strawberry rhubarb cocktail with rhubarab simple syrup and Campari

Have you ever had a strawberry rhubarb cocktail?

This year, more than ever, I am realizing how much I love seasons and the changes that come with the changes in weather. As a fashion lover, I have seasonal clothing. I can only wear my most favourite sandals for a few months of the year, but that’s what makes them my favourite, right? If I could wear them all year round I’d likely bore of them AND wear them out far more quickly! Instead, for the last 3 years when the weather turns for the better I eagerly go into my ‘summer clothing’ tupperware that has been stowed away for the last 7 months and pull them out excitedly. As a flower lover, I have seasonal flowers. Don’t even get me started. Gosh, I’ve had a full on obsession with so many flowers this year alone that have already come and gone. First it was hellebores, then tulips, then lilacs, now peonies, and I am eagerly waiting for dahlias! The short season for each of these flowers is what makes them so special.

So where am I headed with this? Seasonal food! It’s the same idea. Every year as particular fruits and veggies come into season I remember how much I loved them from years previous and get memories of enjoying them and the weather at the time – it’s funny the things that can evoke nostalgia, isn’t it? First up this year in favourite seasonal foods is rhubarb and strawberries! These 2 pair so well together. I remember picking rhubarb as a child and eating it raw and strawberry picking was always a June activity to look forward to. Now that I’m all grown up (hehe), I thought a strawberry rhubarb cocktail would be oh-so delicious. How didn’t I think of this earlier?

Strawberry rhubarb cocktail with rhubarab simple syrup and Campari

Ingredients for each strawberry rhubarb cocktail:
– 1 ounce rhubarb simple syrup
– 1 ounce vodka
– 1/2 ounce Campari
– 2 tablespoons mashed strawberry
– the juice from half a lime
– top up with tonic

To make the ‘Simple Syrup’:
Prepare your simple syrup by combining 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 1 cup diced rhubarb in a pot on the stove. Boil the contents on the stove until the water begins to dissolve and the mixture becomes syrupy. I don’t like my mixture to become too thick so I will usually only let it boil for about 5 minutes and then simmer for 5-10. White sugar is most commonly used to make simple syrup but this time I switched it up and used brown – both work but brown is highly recommended for this recipe! Typically with simple syrup you would drain the fruit to keep a clean consistent syrup, for this drink I kept the soft rhubarb in, hence why it is ‘simple syrup’ in quotations. 😉

Using a muddle, mash up 1/2 cup of chopped strawberries (this is enough for 4 drinks).

Fill a glass with ice and add in all the ingredients. Stir the strawberry rhubarb cocktail with a stir stick and garnish with a stalk of rhubarb. Dare I say best served with strawberry rhubarb pie? Enjoy!

Strawberry rhubarb cocktail with rhubarab simple syrup and Campari

Strawberry rhubarb cocktail with rhubarab simple syrup and Campari

Strawberry rhubarb cocktail with rhubarab simple syrup and Campari

Strawberry rhubarb cocktail with rhubarab simple syrup and Campari

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  1. Aleksandra

    June 16th, 2016 at 8:56 am

    I always go for rhubarb and cherry, but I appreciate the strawberry twist too! 🙂

  2. Carmen

    June 16th, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Yum Yum Yum! This looks refreshing & absolutely delicious. :]

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  3. Hailey

    June 19th, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Strawberry and rhubarb are such a perfect combo, this cocktail sounds amazing! I’m going to make it!

    Hailey
    http://www.themiddlecloset.com

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