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Thursday, May 19, 2011

5 Rhubarb Bitters Cocktails for Summer

Rhubarb season is here, and if you’re like a lot of people, you might pass these springy, magenta stalks in the market and wonder what the heck to do with them. Our favorite use? Cocktails, of course! In our May/June issue, you’ll find easy instructions for whipping up a batch of homemade rhubarb bitters, and here are five cocktails that’ll allow you to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Lancelot’s Deception
Genever, yellow Chartreuse and gin share center stage in this cocktail from New Orleans restaurant Sylvain, while a few dashes of rhubarb bitters round out the finish.

Juquila
Las Perlas does it again with this amazing blend of mezcal, pepper flakes, balsamic syrup and rhubarb bitters.

R&R Cocktail
Kick back and relax with this sprightly combo of reposado tequila, rhubarb bitters and sparkling wine, courtesy of Seattle’s The Walrus and the Carpenter.

Rhubarb Smash

Gin, thyme, lemon juice, fresh rhubarb puree and rhubarb bitters make music in this summery sipper from The Tipsy Parson in New York City.

Ruirita
A rinse of orange flower water and a few dashes of rhubarb bitters add an extra depth to this cocktail from blogger Michael Dietsch.

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