Welcome Freshly Pressed visitors!
We’re rather lucky here in Newfoundland. We don’t get all of the same holidays as some of the other provinces, but in the summer, we get extra — especially if you live in St. John’s, where the first Wednesday in August is a municipal holiday. Anyway, this year in particular we have lucked in. Last Monday was our Discovery Day holiday, celebrating the arrival of Europeans on our rocky coast. Today is the bank holiday for Canada Day, which was yesterday (or Memorial Day, as it is also known here). And then next Monday is Orangemen’s Day. So we get three long weekends and three four-day weeks in a row. You really can’t beat that.
So why not celebrate this summer bounty with a refreshing beverage?
When my mother was here (and we were in Portland) she bought me some fresh rhubarb and was going to process it and make something out of it but she ran out of time. It was starting to look a little woebegone after she left so I figured I should bite the bullet and git ‘er done. And yes, rhubarb can be woebegone. I swear.
This is a simple syrup made from rhubarb that you can add to any fizzy drink for a sweet and tart kick. And by simple I mean it’s really freaking easy.
Start with some fresh rhubarb. Wash it and dice it up. You’ll need about 1 1/2 cups diced rhubarb for this one.
Grab a small saucepan and toss in 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 cup water. I added in a teaspoon of vanilla as well.
Bring that to a boil, stirring constantly.
Chuck in the rhubarb and stir to coat before removing from the heat.
Cover the rhubarb and leave it to steep (like a tea!) for an hour.
Strain the steeped rhubarb over a cup or bowl.
I kept the steamed rhubarb for snacking. Neither the Pie nor Gren were impressed with it, but that just means more for me.
Add 2 teaspoons lemon juice to the syrup and stir.
You can keep the syrup in the fridge for about a week, if you cover it.
Use about an ounce of the syrup in a small glass with ice, and add soda water or gingerale for a fruity fizz. This makes about six drinks if you use small glasses, about three if you use big ones.