Rhubarb Spritz


Serves 8
8 oz (250 ml) Rhubarb Syrup, or to taste
8 oz (250 ml) Lillet Blanc (Can substitute with St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, or half each.)
1 bottle (750 ml) dry Prosecco
1 cup (250 ml) soda water
rhubarb shavings, mint leaves or rosemary sprigs, for garnish


  1. To make the Rhubarb syrup, chop 4 to 6 rhubarb stalks into ½-in (1.25 cm) chunks. In a medium saucepan, combine rhubarb pieces with 1 cup (250 ml) each sugar and water and 2 tbsp (30 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice; cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer, crushing rhubarb with a wooden spoon until it breaks down and mixture thickens. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl, pressing down solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard solids. If necessary, stir in more water to yield 8 oz (250 ml) syrup. Allow to cool. Can be stored in refrigerator for up to a week in a sealed container.
  2. Combine syrup and Lillet in a large pitcher half-full of ice. Gently stir in Prosecco and top with soda. Divide into wine glasses and serve garnished with rhubarb or fresh herbs.
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