Mother’s Day Cocktail Couture: Strawberry Rhubarb Fizz!
May 13, 2017 / Stephanie Miskew / 2 Comments
Make Mom feel like “Queen for a Day” with a special Mother’s Day Cocktail, the Strawberry Rhubarb Fizz!
This delightful drink incorporates some of my favorite Springtime flavors as well as one of my ALL time favorite things, Champagne! While I normally don’t mix anything with Champagne (I usually opt for Prosecco or Cava to make sparkling wine-based drinks such as Mimosas or Bellinis), I find the heavenly notes of strawberry, rhubarb, thyme and citrus nicely accentuate Champagne’s sublime flavors and bubbly texture.
Strawberry and rhubarb go together like peas and carrots, eggs and bacon, wine and cheese and any other such pairing you can think of. Since it doesn’t roll off the tongue as easily, however, I don’t think it gets enough play but it is no less delicious, I promise you!
If you’re not familiar with rhubarb it is a plant with triangular-shaped, bright green leaves and rosy-pink stalks. You’ll find it in your local grocery store in early Spring, usually just the stalks are packaged since the leaves are somewhat poisonous. The tartness of the rhubarb balances the sweetness of the strawberry to create a divine, unique flavor that’s perfect for pies, tarts, crumbles…or even cocktails.
Making the Strawberry Rhubarb Fizz, is also super easy. A little day-in-advance strawberry rhubarb simple syrup prep is all the work that’s required. Thankfully, simple syrup is just that, incredibly simple to make!
Simply combine equal parts sugar and water along with a pound each of strawberries and rhubarb, a handful of fresh thyme and some lemon zest in a saucepan. Simmer for 20 minutes, allow the mixture to cool and you are ALL done! Refrigerate the mixture overnight and when ready to serve, simply pour some of the delightfully pink syrup into the bottom of a flute, top with the Champagne and garnish with a strawberry slice and thyme sprig.
You can also serve this delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Fizz paired with some of our favorite Mother’s Day brunch treats such as Blueberry French Toast or Neiman Marcus’s Popovers with Strawberry Butter.
Wishing all you fabulous Moms out there a very Happy Mother’s Day!
Mother's Day Cocktail Couture: "Strawberry Rhubarb Fizz"Author: Stephanie Miskew | The Glamorous GourmetRecipe type: CocktailIngredients
- 1 lb. strawberries, trimmed & sliced in half, plus additional strawberry slices for garnish
- 1 lb. rhubarb stems, washed & cut into ½ inch segments
- 10 thyme sprigs, plus additional for garnish
- 1-2 strips of lemon zest
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 750 ml bottle of Champagne
- ) To make the strawberry rhubarb simple syrup, place water, sugar, strawberries, rhubarb, thyme sprigs and lemon zest in a saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce to a gentle simmer and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- ) Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool in the saucepan for maximum flavor. Once cooled, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer, pressing solids with a spatula or spoon for maximum extraction (reserve this pulp for use as a delicious addition to yogurt or oatmeal). You should have approximately three cups of simple syrup when done. Refrigerate overnight or until ready to use.
- ) When ready to serve cocktails, add 1-2 Tablespoons of chilled simple syrup in the bottom of a Champagne flute, top with Champagne and garnish with a strawberry slice and thyme sprig. Serve immediately.
May 13, 2017 / Stephanie Miskew / 2 Comments
Stephanie Miskew thinks life is better with wine and she wants to help you enjoy it to the fullest! As a Certified Sommelier, her real world advice on tasting wine like a pro, discovering which wines you truly love, picking the perfect bottle for any occasion and creating magical food and wine pairings will have you looking like a wine expert in any situation.
This week I am craving white wine. Not the bright, citrusy white wines of Summer, no, this week I’m craving WINTER white wines! Now, what exactly do I mean by that? By that, I mean white wines with a little sumpin’ extra – a little vinous booty if you will. Winter white wines are rich, creamy and delicious and capable… Read More
While you may be cutting back on wine consumption this January following a decadent holiday season, there’s no need to deprive yourself of learning about wine now, is there? Gotta love a vinous loophole! In fact, if one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to learn more about wine, I’m here to satisfy your vinous cravings with this informative blog… Read More
I recently asked my Facebook friends to name their favorite city to visit during the Christmas/Holiday season. Although many fabulous places around the globe were mentioned (Austria, London, Park City, etc) the most popular place hands down was New York City. Like these folks, there’s no place that puts me in the Christmas spirit quite like New York. The elaborately… Read More
Looking for the perfect Thanksgiving wines that’ll pair with everything on your table, make even your wine snobbiest guest happy and won’t break the bank? Well, look no further! In my latest segment on WPTV I share some fabulous wines that all play nicely with a wide variety of flavors, appeal to a plethora of palates and are all under… Read More
The offers for wine clubs are E V E R Y W H E R E these days! From department stores to airlines, it seems like everyone wants to sign you up and they’re making pretty outrageous-sounding offers to lure you in. One promises “20 wines for a dollar,” while another features ONLY “award winning wines” – they all sound… Read More
It’s Week 3 of Rosé Month on The Wine Atelier Podcast and in this episode, I’m excited to introduce you to someone who’s had his finger on the pulse of rosé since his first cover story on the subject ten years ago, Mitch Frank, News Editor of Wine Spectator Magazine. I’m also happy to report, his second cover story on… Read More