Friday, March 14, 2008


Drink of the Week: The Devil's Tail/Rhubarb, Sugar, Vodka

I think I first came across this spring-time indulgence with a dangerous sounding moniker in Denmark a few years ago.

Then again, it may have been in Baltimore.

I forget.

Either which way, it is an absolutely outrageous way to indulge in the crimson beauty of super-sour, uncooked rhubarb.

It's so hectically sour that I personally figure the only reason it's is eaten by anyone is that it's impossible to resist the deliriously shocking pinkness of it all.

One glance and I tell you, a feverish desire to consume it comes on. It just has to be made palatable. And that is usually accomplished with the addition of strawberries and a gang of sugar. (And voila, Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie) That's pretty much the only way to go, seeing as those stalks are so puckery if you take a nibble, your mouth will seize up and wonder if you've taken leave of your senses.

But if you aren't the pie-makin' type and want a wild way to indulge, try this. After one bite, just bring on the the bracing sting of icy cold vodka and numb that mouth into submission.

It's a diabolically sweet-tart experience.

Try this my peaches, and taste the joy.

2 stalks rhubarb, sliced 4 inches long
4 tablespoons white sugar
8 ounces vodka, chilled

Gather three friends round, and pass out rhubarb spears. Pour an icy cold shot of vodka for each player. Simultaneously dip your rhubarb spears into the sugar, then bite in. Enjoy faces being made. Chew. Swallow. Take a shot of the vodka.

Repeat only if you dare.

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Rhubarb is a vegtable that is a relative of buckwheat and originated in Western China and neighboring areas. The leaves of the plant are poisonous.

Vodka was first sold legally in Sweden in 1498 by a Stockholm tavern keeper. Absolut Vodka was introduced in Sweden in 1879 as "Absolut rent branvin" - "Absolutely pure vodka". -

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Sounds like a good way to enjoy rhubarb to me :)
I have never tasted rhubarb in any fashion, but this way sounds wonderfully silly and just an excuse to down the vodka! Have fun.
mmmm i love the name too , sound delicious. dramatic too :)
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