A spring, its time for so many yummy things, off a bit later to do a walk and check the fiddleheads.. but its going to be a very busy day indeed and I feel the need to put a nice drink the fridge for use later in the day..
We have just enough Rhubarb up.. and I do mean just, but I will also be sneaking a cup of it to make a wonderful fresh rhubarb loaf.
- 4 cups of coarsely chopped Rhubarb stalks
- 1 cup of cleaned coarsely chopped Nettles Leaves
- 1 cup of sugar, or half a cup of Honey, or sweeten to your taste
- Tiny pinch of Salt
Place above into a steel pot and add six cups of water, simmer gently till the rhubarb is cooked though, pour though a cheese cloth, straining it out, if you want a pure sweet color, do not squeeze the bag at all, or if you are like me and it matters not at all that is cloudy and might have bits in the bottom of the jar, get every last bit of goodness out of it.
Put in a clean jar or jug and chill till cold, work up a sweat in the garden or yard and enjoy it as a refreshing drink.. or mix in a little vodka and relax after a hard days work. It is the most lovely pink color, almost like the fake pink lemonade from the store but so much more healthy for you!
If you are lacking rhubarb, as its so early in the season yet, feel free to move it to two cups early spring rhubarb and 2 cups of nettles, it will give a slightly different flavour but not much.
While I will agree that the sugar or honey is not healthy, the burst of vit, mineral from the rhubarb and nettles are outstanding!