Rhubarb-Mint Wine Spritzer

  • Yield 12 servings

Puckery sweet rhubarb syrup casts a brilliant red hue and makes a terrific base for cocktails, such as this wine spritzer.

Rhubarb Wine Spritzer
Teresa Blackburn

The rhubarb syrup would be tasty poured over ice cream or pound cake, too.

Ingredients

Fresh Rhubarb Simple Syrup
8 to 10 stalks fresh rhubarb cut into 1 inch pieces
1 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup water
Spritzer:
2 (750ml) bottles chilled white wine, such as a Pinot Grigio
1 1/2 to 2 cups Fresh Rhubarb Simple Syrup
1 liter chilled seltzer water
Fresh mint leaves

Instructions

  1. To prepare simple syrup, put rhubarb, agave nectar and water into a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil. Turn heat to simmer and cook, stirring every so often, until mixture is somewhat reduced and slightly thickened. Remove from heat. Let cool about 30 minutes. Strain mixture through a fine sieve, pressing gently with a spoon to release all the liquid. Let cool completely and pour into a glass container. Rhubarb syrup will keep for a few weeks in the refrigerator. Makes 2 cups 
  2. To prepare spritzer, mix wine and rhubarb syrup in a large pitcher. Add a small handful of fresh mint leaves to the pitcher. Use a wooden spoon to gently crush leaves. Stir well. Add seltzer water just before serving.  Serve over ice cubes and garnish with more mint. 

Recipe courtesy of Nancy Vienneau and Third Thursday Potluck