The man of the house loves bourbon, scotch and cognac. He likes drinks like sazzaracs and manhattans. He likes his drinks strong, classic, and often bitter. Having spent several years in his youth tending bar, the man makes a mean drink. And, despite his love for drinks I can imagine Don Draper sipping, he is also very creative and, not infrequently, appeases me and makes something a little girlier.
One of my favourite summer drinks is a capraina, the national drink of brazil made with lime, sugar cane, and cachaca, a liquor somewhere in between rum and vodka but much much smoother. We had some friends over for dinner last night, and I always like to start the night with a cocktail and so Jordan went above and beyond with a rhubarb and rose caprainia.
Isn’t it pretty? And girly? And delicious? The curly red things are just strips of rhubarb put into ice water and they curl up like ribbons. I realize this is a bit of a time commitment and you might not ever make this, but I really think you should. It’s not hard. I promise, and its so good!
Rose and Rhubarb Capraina
Rhubarb Simple Syrup
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Water
1 cup Rhubarb, sliced
1/4 tsp Rose Water or 1 tbsp Rose Petals
Bring sugar and water up to a boil.
Add in rhubarb and bring back to a boil.
Take off the heat and let sit for 2 hours.
Peel the bright outsides of one 3 inch piece of rhubarb. The rhubarb is very fibrous to put the peeler up to the very top of the rhubarb to so that the peeler starts on the cut flesh of the stalk, and pull it all the way through.
Cut into thinner strips and put in a glass with ice water for at least half an hour.
1oz Rose and Rhubarb Simple Syrup
1/2 cup Mineral Water
Squeeze the lime and mix with syrup and cachaca.
Top with mineral water and pour over ice.