Sunday, August 14, 2011

Now That's Saucy....

When I went over to Amy's house today to feed and spend time with Bernie, I noticed that she had a large patch of rhubarb in the garden that looked like it hadn't been picked in awhile.  Probably not ever, since Amy doesn't like the stuff.  I, on the other hand, love rhubarb and haven't had any yet this summer, in spite of Amy telling me several times to come and help myself.  So today I picked a bunch of it and brought it home.

I remember when my sister and I were small and we'd visit our grandmother and cousins in Nova Scotia. Nanny always had rhubarb in her back yard and she'd send us out with a bowl of sugar and tell us to each pick one to eat.  We'd then sit on the back step, three little blonde girls, dipping our rhubarb stocks in sugar and biting the sweetened end off.  Makes my mouth pucker just thinking about it.

Anyway, fast forward about 40 years to a time Mum came to BC to visit my family when we lived there.  We had rhubarb in our yard at that time so she picked some and made the most delicious rhubarb syrup that, when mixed with Sprite or 7-Up, became the most delicious, refreshing drink of the summer - better than lemonade.  I haven't had it since, because I forgot how to make it.  Then, a month ago a bloggy friend from Nova Scotia,  Sandy at Aging Disgracefully, posted a recipe for it, and that's what I used.  It's very easy.  

I just made a small batch, using only 4 cups of chopped rhubarb.

Rhubarb Syrup

In a heavy saucepan place four cups of chopped rhubarb add 
two cups sugar and 
one cup water.
Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 - 25 minutes.

Remove from heat and strain through a fine strainer. 
(I used a cheesecloth inside a strainer).
Pour the juice (syrup) into a clean container and cool. (Keep in fridge)

Put the cooked rhubarb (mushy) into a refrigerator dish and cool.
It makes a delicious spread for toast or a topping for vanilla ice cream.
I found myself just eating it with a spoon.

To make a delicious, refreshing drink, mix one part syrup with 3 parts 7-Up, Sprite or club soda.

From this....

to this...

Quick, easy and delicious.  Remember, you mix it 3:1 so you get quite a few good-size glasses of the best tasting summer drink there is.


Raindrops and Daisies said...

I love rhubarb.

It is something that I haven't had in a long while. Must try and get some.
You have put the longing on me now Pat!!!


Holly said...

This is great! I am a huge rhubarb fan so I will definately be trying this drink.

just call me jo said...

I am not attracted to drinking rhubarb. I do love rhubarb crisp or strawberry rhubarb pie. Not as healthy as the juice, I'm sure.

Bouncin' Barb said...

This sounds pretty tasty but give me a strawberry rhubarb pie any day of the week. There's no word to describe the deliciousness of that!!

Anonymous said...

When we were little, we would get some sugar in a paper bag to dip the rhubarb in. Have you tried making rhubarb and ginger jam - delicious!!

LaelShine said...

That's so pretty!
I love the colour.
I've got some homemade rhubarb jam w/ ginger stockpiled up plus more rhubarb in the freezer! I should make your syrup. I wonder what it'd taste like mixed with prosecco? I'm betting delish!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I'd never heard of rhubarb drink but I bet it is good. A friend of mine used to make rhubarb pie that was to die for so I can imagine the drink would be very good too.

Chatty Crone said...

I have to admit I have never tasted rhubarb.


My husband has fond memories of rhubarb pie from his childhood. Neither of us has heard of the drink. Sounds interesting.