rhubarb + blood orange spritzer

May 3rd, 2013

Oh, hello there! Ummmm, I have a daughter now! How crazy is that?! It’s been nearly a month since Claire Beatrice arrived and I still can’t believe that I’m a mom to this beautiful little lady. So much (babies change so fast!) and so little (ahem, housework, blog, any correspondence) has happened over the past month—I feel a little shy coming back. Chances are that’ll last about one post.

This week we’ve been working on taking little adventures in and out of San Francisco, one of which landed me in a cute little grocery store that had ruby red stalks of rhubarb—my most favorite sign of spring. In years past I’ve eagerly stalked the farmers market waiting, waiting, waiting until finally it arrives; this year there was none of that (I suppose all the waiting was reserved for a little someone’s arrival) and simply a “woohoo!” yelped when I saw it amid the produce. I picked up a meager two stalks and promised myself I’d make something with them.

Thus I present you with a delicious springtime beverage, a rhubarb + blood orange spritzer. This little number can be made with or without a splash of vermouth (which gives it a nice bit of body) and is perfect for days when the sun is out and the weather is looking up—of which I hope you’re having plenty.

Cheers, to being back, warm weather and rhubarb! Oh, and I can’t leave my biggest accomplishment to date out of this toast—to my amazing little lady, Claire Beatrice, welcome to this wonderful world babycakes!

rhubarb + blood orange spritzer

makes 1 cocktail

1 1/2 ounce blood orange juice
1 1/2 ounce rhubarb syrup
1 1/2 ounce red vermouth, optional
seltzer water
1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the blood orange juice, rhubarb syrup and vermouth. Shake for about 10 seconds. Strain into a glass.2. Top the drink off with 2-3 ounces of seltzer water, stir with a straw and enjoy!

Comments: 9 Total

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    May 6, 2013 at 11:45 am

    This sounds crazy good!! Yum!

  2. kickpleat

    May 6, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Looks gorgeous!! Hello spring, and hello mama!!

  3. Kasey

    May 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Congratulations, Kelly! I am thrilled for you and your family! This drink looks fantastic, and I cannot wait to get my hands on some rhubarb :)

  4. Rhea

    May 12, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I made strawberry-rhubarb tartlets recently, and ended up making rhubarb syrup as well. I was running out of ideas what to do with it, so thanks for your spritzer recipe! I can’t wait to try it.

  5. Molly

    May 15, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    A springtime drink for a springtime baby. So happy to hear the good news. Hope you’re getting some sleep and are awake enough to enjoy your lovely little girl.

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  8. Jeff @ Cheeseburger

    May 28, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    This rhubarb feels like summer. By the way, congratulations with your new baby girl Kelly!

  9. Ebony Kane

    October 12, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Now, I hope you listened to me a couple weeks ago and made some rhubarb strawberry jam because you’re going to need some to make these delicious floats. Having the jam on hand makes these floats a breeze to whip up. Just turn the jam into a quick sauce, mix it with some vanilla ice cream and sparkling water and you can have yourself a delicious and refreshing float anytime you please – very handy for last-minute entertaining.

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