Thursday, June 26, 2008
Today in our week of exploration of the strawberry, we shall drink them. Cheers! Strawberries are perfectly delicious in a little drinky drink. Mashed and muddled, or cooked and strained, they add a bright taste as well as bright color to your libations.
Pictured here is a lovely creation by our friends (waving at S & K!) and is a Strawberry Rhubarb Cooler. Yes, we’re back to Rhubarb! But this time it’s not a Rhujito. Tangy from the rhubarb, sweet from the strawberries, it’s the liquid combination of those two fantastic late spring flavor pairings. Brightening it up with lime and boozing it up with vodka? Perfect. And you know the heat is coming this weekend, right? Best be prepared and make some of this now. Just to be safe, you know. Safety.
Strawberry Rhubarb Cooler
Clean and dice 4 stalks of rhubarb. In a saucepan, combine rhubarb with 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla and 1 T sugar. Heat on medium while stirring frequently, until it slowly comes to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour rhubarb mixture into blender. Add 1 cup of cold water, 1 pint of strawberries (stems removed), the juice of 2 limes and 6 fresh, chopped mint leaves. Blend that puppy up, and pour into glasses with vodka and ice. A lime garnish is lovely.