Thursday, May 23, 2013

Rainy farmer's market days always get me down

Mainly because this California girl still has a deeply ingrained dislike of being outside when there's water falling from the sky. It's not right, man. Water from the sky = take shelter.

But sadly, water falls from the sky pretty frequently in these parts, and lately it's been doing so on Thursdays, which are farmer's market days in our village. Of course we're still stuck at about 3 farmers at our market (dwarfed by the 10-15 non-farmers who sell various items at the market) but that's not my point at the moment.

My point is: I need more rhubarb. And the place to get it is the farmer's market. And it's rainy again. But my need for rhubarb will surely prevail and I will brave the weather and walk downtown. Or possibly I'll beg Robert to go and slay the mighty rhubarb and bring me back its carcass, a deed which would earn him many kisses and admiring sidelong glances.

And why is my need for rhubarb so desperate? Well, I'll tell you. Aside from the fact that rhubarb is one of the tastiest plants known to grow on this earth, I also make a delicious syrup from it. And that syrup is the basis of my favorite late spring/early summer cocktail.

Rhubarb Awesome

1 part gin
1 part rhubarb syrup
1/2 part lemon juice
basil leaves

Put all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with some ice. Shake it vigorously. Pour into a glass (be sure to include the basil leaves!). If you're making it for me, include the ice as well. Glory in the joy that is the Rhubarb Awesome. 

2 comments:

Kristofer Young said...

Thought: wildfires are less common in areas where it rains.
Comment: I have planted rhubarb.
Question: What is rhubarb syrup?
Love: Dad

Joanne Young said...

I think this is something your Dad would love! I have rhubarb, so I must get your recipe! (When I do, I expect some sidelong glances from him...LOL)