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.
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.
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.