Grab a bunch of rhubarb. It's in season in the spring here in MN and so easy to find at my local farmer's markets
Chop the rhubarb into 2" pieces - one bunch from the farmer's market is just about right - you'll want 4 cups
Peel the ginger - remember the old spoon trick? Use a spoon to quickly and easily peel the skin of the ginger
Cut a 2" hunk of ginger into 4 coins
Place the rhubarb, ginger, water and sugar into a large saucepan. We are essentially making a simple syrup here - so the water/sugar ratio is always 1-1
Bring the mixture to a boil, reduct the heat to a low and simmer for 20 minutes
The rhubarb should be soft and mushy
Use a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth, strain the mixture into a bowl
Let cool slightly and gently use a spoon to help the mixture release all the juice
The syrup will look and smell gorgeous!
Store the syrup in a glass jar in the refrigerator
Serve 2-3 tablespoons with club soda, or champagne. I love it as a base for a cocktail - I like it with cucumber vodka, soda and lime. It also works nicely over vanilla ice cream for a beautiful spring dessert. Enjoy!