Rhubarb Soda

 (Bonus - Rhubarb Cosmos!)

Time: 20 minutes plus cooling          
Yield:  6 to 8 glasses

    1½  cups rhubarb, roughly chopped (about 2 stalks)
    1      cup sugar
    1½  cups water
    ~     sparkling water
    ~     ice

   1. Place rhubarb, sugar, and 1½ cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer. Cook for about 15 minutes, until the syrup is bright pink.

   2. Turn off the heat and allow to cool. Strain syrup into a large jar.

   3. To make each soda, measure ¼ cup rhubarb syrup into a glass. Add enough sparkling water to fill the glass ⅔ full. Stir to mix, then add ice.

Rhubarb Cosmos: Mix 2 shots neutral vodka, 2/3 c freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice, 1/3 c rhubarb syrup (see above.)  Shake with plenty of ice.  Strain into 2 martini glasses. Garnish with lime half moons.