Spring Rhubarb Cocktail

Spring Rhubarb Cocktail

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

Turn happy hour into healthy hour with this cocktail that curbs carbs! The Rhubarb Syrup in this recipe has five times less sugar than traditional syrups, and by using club soda in the cocktail—instead of tonic water—there are fewer calories.

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  • Rhubarb Syrup
  • 1¼ cups water
  • 1 cup ¼-inch slices rhubarb
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • Dash salt
  • Cocktail
  • 5 ( ⅛ inch thick) slices fresh ginger
  • 2 ( ¼-inch thick) slices rhubarb
  • 3 tablespoons vodka
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • 3 tablespoons club soda
  • Lime slice, rhubarb swizzle stick and/or rhubarb peel curl


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  1. Prepare Rhubarb Syrup: In a small saucepan combine water, rhubarb slices, sugar and dash salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 6 minutes or until rhubarb breaks down when stirred. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve; discard solids.
  2. Prepare Cocktail: In a cocktail shaker combine slices of ginger and rhubarb; crush against side with a muddler or the back of a spoon. Add vodka, lime juice and 2 tablespoons of Rhubarb Syrup. Add ice cubes; cover and shake until very cold. Strain liquid through a small fine-mesh sieve into a tall ice-filled glass. Add club soda. Garnish with a lime slice, rhubarb swizzle stick, and/or rhubarb peel curl.
  • Variation: To vary the flavor, substitute white rum, silver tequila or gin for the vodka.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ½ cup
  • Per serving: 117 calories; 0 g fat(0 g sat); 0 g fiber; 6 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 1 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 5 g added sugars; 5 IU vitamin A; 3 mg vitamin C; 4 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 24 mg sodium; 14 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 2 fat, ½ starch

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