Rhubarb Fizz with Edible Flower Ice Cubes

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This weekend is dang important. I mean, SUPER important. It’s Mama’s Day! And I know dogs aren’t considered real children (though they are in my house for the time being), but I’ll be celebrating my first Mother’s Day as a mama. I want brunch, man! I hope Amelia bakes me a quiche.

When I was around 10 years old or so, I remember being pretty bummed. I wasn’t the tallest, prettiest, fastest or smartest kid in my class. Actually, I was the total opposite. I had gaps between every.single.one.of.my.teeth. My hair was frizzy (the 90s were pre-blow outs/Morrocan hair oil), my teeth were unfortunate and I was the teeniest and tiniest person ever. I remember expressing my overall terribleness to my mama and her response was simple, “You’re a later bloomer.” I remember it so specifically because it made all my current short-comings (literally and figuratively) ok. It made me calmer about the present and really excited about the future.

A few weeks ago I was feeling a little bummed about things, when I came across this article written by Martha Stewart. It’s all about being a late bloomer, how she, specifically, is a late bloomer. I don’t think anyone would consider her a late bloomer but she is! She started her empire in her 50s. Isn’t that amazing? It’s never too late. It was an inspiring and motivating read. Let’s relax about right now and get excited for our future. There’s still time.

And more importantly, let’s take the day and celebrate our mamas.

Am I totally fan-girling out on Martha? Maybe. But her people sent my people (a.k.a me, myself and I) an email asking if I was interested in blogging about a recipe. And I was like ok! SURE! Pass the gin!

This recipe begins by making a beautifully hued rhubarb syrup. There’s vanilla, sugar and stewed rhubarb slices–it’s a glorious mixture. I just love it.

There’s gin, sparkling Prosecco (or Cava) and some lemon juice. You can make the rhubarb syrup the night before and mix everything together right before serving.

Rhubarb Syrup

Oh and the ice cube. They came from my brain.

I bought beautiful edible flowers at Whole Foods and made edible flower ice cubes. I think they’re dainty and pretty. Someone on Facebook was like, “Cooooool, those are pretty, but they must taste disgusting!” So I tried them to see if they were right and actually, the edible flowers were pretty tasty. Most of them were sweet and really fragrant. Tasty and cute: the ideal combo around these parts.

Rhubarb Fizz

Rhubarb Fizz with Edible Flower Ice Cubes

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Rhubarb Syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
½ vanilla bean, pod split and scraped
6 ounces rhubarb, finely chopped (about
1¼ cups)

Rhubarb Fizz:
8 ounces gin
9 ounces Rhubarb Syrup
½ cup fresh lemon juice
Ice, for serving
12 ounces chilled sparkling wine, such as Prosecco

1. Combine sugar, water, vanilla pod and seeds, and rhubarb in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Simmer until rhubarb is tender, about 3 minutes. Let cool completely. Pour the syrup through a sieve, discarding the rhubarb. Remove vanilla pod before serving, if desired. Syrup (with vanilla pod) can be stored in refrigerator up to 1 week.

2. Combine gin, syrup, and lemon juice in a pitcher and stir to combine. Divide among ice-filled glasses and top off each with 2 ounces wine. Stir gently and garnish with lemon rounds. Serve immediately.

3. Alternatively, you could do a non-alcoholic drink option with replacing gin and Prosecco with sparkling water.

Makes 6 Drinks

Copyright © 2013, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Originally published in the May 2013 issue of Martha Stewart.

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Iris @cookie Chanel May 8, 2013 at 3:11 am

Good call in the ice cubes, I’m making these on my next girls night in.

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Marie @ Little Kitchie May 8, 2013 at 4:26 am

Prettiest drink ever!

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Ayla May 8, 2013 at 4:39 am

I think they may just be the prettiest thing I have ever seen. Your blog is a continual inspiration!

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Adrianna Adarme May 9, 2013 at 8:49 am

Ayla, thank you!!

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cindy May 8, 2013 at 5:31 am

I love a fancy ice cube! and I literally JUST bought those rocks glasses, too…I love ‘em. I’m an unabashed Martha fangirl around my house, ask the pups…they know it. And, gimme rhubarb everything…especially if there is gin involved!

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Adrianna Adarme May 9, 2013 at 8:49 am

We’re like twins!

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Tieghan May 8, 2013 at 5:34 am

What a genius idea! wow! You rock!

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Lisa the Gourmet Wog May 8, 2013 at 5:42 am

I’ve never tried Rhubarb outside a crumble! I’m definitely going to give this a go :)

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Stacey May 8, 2013 at 7:12 am

I was a (very) late bloomer too. I hated it at the time, but now I’m thankful for it.

Martha’s people sure came to the right girl… look at how rad and pretty you made this with those flower ice cubes!

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Adrianna Adarme May 9, 2013 at 8:49 am

Stacey, you da coolest.

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Heather @ A Sweet Simple Life May 8, 2013 at 7:49 am

Such an elegant drink. Love it!

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Michelle May 8, 2013 at 8:50 am

Dog-moms totally deserve quiches.

Love these drinks! Your brain has the best ideas.

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Kasha the FarmGirl May 8, 2013 at 9:30 am

I’m so glad I planted nasturtiums in the garden this year! Those ice cubes are fabulous!

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NicoleD May 8, 2013 at 9:58 am

Prettiest drink ever! I’m so in love with those girly ice cubes, too! I hosted a bridal shower for my sister-in-law a few years back and I picked up mini eclairs from a local baker. The baker put the prettiest edible pansies on each eclair. They were so lovely! Most people took the flower off and someone dared me to eat the flower. I told them I was planning on it! They tasted fine and not weird at all.

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Aimee St.Germain (Cooking the Strip) May 8, 2013 at 10:14 am

Gorgeous. I love the soft color of the rhubarb fizz with the bright pop of the flower icecube.

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First Night Design May 8, 2013 at 10:22 am

Those ice cubes are gorgeous!

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jaime @ laviejaime May 8, 2013 at 10:43 am

the ice cubes are beautiful!

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Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking May 8, 2013 at 10:45 am

I love me some Martha too! I love that article. I think most people nowadays (ugh, sound so old) figure out what they “want to be when they grow up” way later in life. Late bloomers unite! Let’s all have some gin! Yum!

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Jen @ Fresh from the... May 8, 2013 at 11:22 am

Wish I actually liked rhubarb! Alas, alas.

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Lindsey May 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm

omg! this sounds amazing. i just made a rhubarb compote with almost the same ingredients as your rhubarb syrup, however i added bourbon. i can’t wait to make this. plus the color of this drink makes me want to make it even more. thanks!

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Belinda May 8, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Being a fur-mama is totally a thing. I’m always getting prezzies from my babies.

As for the ice cubes, what a cute and visually engaging idea. My green grocer always has a lovely display of edible flowers but I never know what to do with them (just as plain garnish seems disrespectful somehow) I have some heart shaped ice cube moulds that will be perfect.

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Frances May 8, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Can I ask what type of gin you use? I’ve only recently discovered gin cocktails and googling suggested pulls up so many suggestions and opinions its a tad overwhelming. Thanks!

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Adrianna Adarme May 9, 2013 at 8:54 am

I use Tanqueray or Hendrick’s for mixed drinks. If you want to get fancier there’s Leopold’s and recently a friend had a housewarming party and I bought her bottle of Aviation. Hope that helps! I love mah gin. :)

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Sequoia May 8, 2013 at 8:33 pm

what a great idea! flower ice cubes… beautiful!

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Emily May 9, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Dog Mother’s Day is totally a thing, they just need a little help writing the cards and the gifts are a little more low key. Like not pulling your arm out of its socket if they see another dog across the street or not jumping on your bed while covered in mud, the little things.
And I would rather be a late bloomer than an early peaker, just saying…

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Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen May 9, 2013 at 5:58 pm

This is so gorgeous, I absolutely love your edible flower ice cubes!

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Bronwen May 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm

can’t wait to try this! making it tonight! did you strain the rhubarb? I don’t think you said anything about that, but your beautiful drink looks clear. thanks!

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Adrianna Adarme May 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I didn’t! The rhubarb wasn’t pureed so it didn’t break down that much. No need to strain it!

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Adrianna Adarme May 10, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Duh. I totally did. What am I talking about. I misunderstood/wasn’t using my brain. It’s in there now!

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Tracey September 27, 2013 at 7:28 pm

I just came across your lovely page. Rhubarb and edible flowers – so fabulous! Where are those gorgeous glasses from? Thank you for the inspiration.

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Adrianna Adarme September 27, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Hi Tracey, Glad you found me! I got them at Ikea for like $1 each. :)

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Tracey September 27, 2013 at 7:36 pm

♥ ♥ ♥

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