December 21, 2011

Finnish Christmas with a Twist: Cool rhubarb glögg


It's been a busy end of the year for me and I'm sure I'm not the only one anticipating a little break. It'll be a short one for me, however, but even a few days off are more than welcome. I am hoping to spend some time just sitting outside, on the balcony, with a cool drink in hand, reading a good book. The drink of choice for me would have to be this cool rhubarb glögg - a spiced drink made to remind me of Christmas, but adapted to season's demands. 

I adore rhubarb, I'm sure you've realised that by now, and this drink is for all you die-hard rhubarb lovers out there. It's completely sugar-free, so prepare yourself for some real rhubarb flavour pared with warming spices and a drizzle of lemon juice to freshen it all up. I am more than happy to pour myself a glass of this with lots of ice, lift my feet up and bury my head in a book.

Cool rhubarb glögg
(serves 2)

500g rhubarb, chopped
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anis
5 whole cloves
5 cardamom pods, slightly crushed
knob of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into slices
1/2 lemon, juiced
ice, to serve

1. Place the rhubarb, spices and ginger in a saucepan and add about 1 litre of water. Bring the mixture to boil, then leave to simmer for about 15 minutes. 

2. Drain the juice into a bowl and leave to cool.

3. Drizzle with lemon and serve cool with ice.

22 comments:

  1. Yum! I have recently become a rhubarb convert and will definitely have to try this recipe. Do you find that without the sugar it is quite tart though?

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  2. Interesting and surely really divine!

    Happy Holidays!

    Chers,

    Rosa

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  3. Cool recipe! Can you still by fresh rhubarb in groceries? Here in Belgium you can't find them in december.

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  4. This would be perfect for summer, if summer ever decides to get here! Sounds delicious.

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  5. What a beautiful, festive color, and such a refreshing drink for the summer holiday season. I don't have much experience with rhubarb, but this looks like a great place to start.

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  6. That sounds and looks amazingly refreshing - I'm looking forward to trying this. Delish! I heart rhubarb :)

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  7. I was just telling my boyfriend that I wouldn't gain nearly as much weight during the holidays if we lived in the Southern Hemisphere. Your posts the last few days have proved my point, and now a drink with ice in it? That's just going over the edge. Happy Holidays!

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  8. This sounds fantastic but I did not freeze any rhubarb this year :( It will get made next year though :) Happy Holidays Diane

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  9. A very pretty red, and I've always liked the taste of rhubarb... win!

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  10. Looks delicious and perfect for Christmas.

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  11. I can imagine that this is pretty sour tasting, but I bet it's delicious, and refreshing. I wish we had some rhubarb this time of year, I'm curious to try it(although I might add some honey - sorry! :D) It certainly looks beautiful - I love the color!

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  12. Brilliant twist on the traditional! I love the sound of it!

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  13. Such a pretty and festive drink for the holidays! I love your Finnish with a twist- holding on to tradition but adapting it to where you are now.

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  14. This sounds so refreshing Maria, but is it wrong of me to be thinking it would be nice with a little vodka as well?

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  15. I never thought of using rhubarb in a drink, thanks for the idea!

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  16. How unusual! And what a beautiful colour! Of course I would probably sin and add another ingredient ;) !

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  17. I love rhubarb, yes I imagine it makes a lovely drink as you have demonstrated!

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  18. I'm not a big fan of rhubarb but would like to try this drink :) i'm sure it'll change my mind ~

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  19. Ohh, this looks so good! And I love that it's adapted to warmer weather, as we are having a very warm winter in Florida. I've never had glogg before, will be correcting that soon :) Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Wow, that sound delicious. Can't wait to try it in the upcoming summer day here in Philly.

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