Thursday, June 11, 2009

Rhubarb Slush

I outright demanded that Guestblogger Alita get this recipe from her mom because I have been hearing about the infamous slushes for years now. I will be making this immediately and look forward to (maybe) sharing these with my pals. Thanks to Alita (and her mom) for this very seasonal post. --A Crafty Lass

I enjoy the subtle tartness of rhubarb in all forms: straight from the garden sprinkled with a little sugar, baked into delicious upside down cakes, muffins & sweet breads, warm cobblers, and of course fruity jams & jellies - the list could go on & on!

This particular treat allows us to enjoy rhubarb throughout the summer months in a frosty, alcoholic form! You will enjoy sipping these long after the plants are done producing the gorgeous red stalks we see during the fleeting weeks of late spring and early summer.

This drink was a favorite of my mom & her Iron Range girlfriends long before I could enjoy the alcoholic deliciousness of it. The recipe makes almost a gallon container full of slush – more than enough to share on many hot summer nights!

For one gallon of slush:

  • 8 cups chopped rhubarb
  • 2 quarts water
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

Boil in a large saucepan for 15 to 20 minutes until soft. Strain out the pulp and reserve the liquid in a large bowl.

To the warm rhubarb liquid, add:

  • 1 small package strawberry Jello
  • 2 cups vodka

Pour the mixture into an ice cream pail or other large freezable plastic container and stir well.
Place in the fridge overnight and stir it whenever you think of it. The next morning, place in the freezer. Allow to “freeze” for a day or so.

To serve, fill a glass 1/2 full of slush add 7-UP, club soda or ginger ale.

4 comments:

alita said...

You did kind of demand! But I was happy to share! Aaron told me just tonight I'm making quite the dent in the slush already - and the REAL hot summer weather hasn't even hit yet - I better slow down if I'm going to share...

Going 40 in a 20 Zone said...

I want this now. Do you hear me, Lass? Now.

Eric said...

Readers beware: Rhubarb Slush, consumed last night, has robbed us of our Saturday. We think it's the devil's juice.

Eric M said...

Drinking some now. Oh, my gosh it is so good! Perfect for an 80-degree day. I'm fully expecting to wake up and have it be Tuesday.