This year, I am obsessed with rhubarb. How can you not be, living in Yorkshire? It's locally grown and totally delicious - sweet, tart, everything that is good in the world. Plus, it's a beautiful pink colour, which is a definite plus. You don't get much of that in food. I received a beautiful bottle of Chase Rhubarb Vodka for Christmas, long before the rhubarb season started, and I'm pretty sure it's my favourite alcohol ever. It's gorgeous to drink neat over ice, but I was struggling with what else to do with it. I didn't want to overpower the distinctive rhubarb flavour with other fruits or hide that pretty pink colour. This cocktail is the solution.
The delicate elderflower is the best complement to that sweet rhubarb, and the addition of the rhubarb syrup just amplifies the flavour to be totally irresistible. The perfect, pretty drink for your summer get-togethers. Perhaps for a baby-shower or sophisticated hen-do? You can use plain vodka if you don't want to splash out on the rhubarb version (although it's worth it, I assure you), or leave the alcohol out altogether for a refreshing mocktail. Just don't forget the chevron straws - it's not the same without them.