The warm weather has hit Minneapolis. It’s quite lovely and all together pleasant.
It makes me long for a front porch, a rocking chair and a cocktail. To sit back, reflect upon the day with the warm summer air washing over you, all the while sipping a cold drink and greeting the people walking through the neighborhood. A moment of quiet. The very best kind.
I don’t have a rocking chair. Or a front porch. But I do have a cocktail perfect for just a scene. While I lived in North Carolina, it was gin & tonic. But here in Minnesota … it’s rhubarb, rosemary & rum. It’s light, refreshing and herbal.
But best of all – it has rhubarb! (And there are many more rhubarb-related recipes in my queue – you have been warned!)Rhubarb, Rosemary & Rum from Bon Appetit, April 2009 makes a single drink ********** 1 ounce white rum 1 ounce rosemary simple syrup (see below) 2 ounces rhubarb juice 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice ice cubes rosemary sprig, for garnish **********
Combine all ingredients in a glass. Stir to combine. Garnish with rosemary sprig. Enjoy!Rosemary Simple Syrup makes 1 cup ********** 1 cup water 2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 cup fresh rosemary leaves **********
Bring water and sugar to simmer in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often. Remove from heat; add 1/2 cup rosemary leaves. Let steep 5 minutes. Strain, pressing on rosemary; discard rosemary. Let syrup cool at least 1 hour.