To me, rhubarb means springtime, and springtime means finding an excuse to sit outside in the middle of the afternoon and drink a cocktail. This low-proof sipper provides just the fix.
2 oz Amontillado Sherry
.5 oz Cynar (an artichoke based bittersweet liqueur, or amaro; it's a super versatile ingredient, so if you like to make drinks at home we'd say it's well worth the $25 investment)
.5 oz rhubarb syrup (recipe below)
2 lemon wedges
Muddle the lemon wedges with rhubarb syrup in a tall glass. Add sherry, Cynar, crushed ice, and swizzle with a swizzle stick or long spoon. Pack down with more crushed ice and garnish with a lemon slice.
The window for rhubarb is so short that I feel a certain franticness to make as many things as I can while it’s available. This rhubarb syrup is easy to throw together and will last for a few weeks in the refrigerator, or can be frozen indefinitely.
Juice cleaned and trimmed rhubarb stalks through a centrifugal juicer. Mix equal parts rhubarb juice and sugar until the sugar is fully dissolved. Avoiding heat here keeps the syrup’s flavor bright and fresh. If you don’t have a juicer, you can cook rhubarb with a little sugar and water until it breaks down and gets syrupy.