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Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

Spring is the time for rhubarb here, with its lovely tartness I thought it would be the perfect additive to an olf fashioned lemonade. This Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade is the perfect sipping drink on a hot day with friends.

1 – ¼ cups water
1 – ½ cups chopped rhubarb
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 sprig fresh mint
⅓ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
¾ cup sparkling water

In a saucepan, stir together the first 5 ingredients.
Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
Allow the rhubarb mixture to cool, then strain it through a wire-mesh strainer set over a large pitcher.
Press on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible, then discard the solids leftover.
Stir in the lemon juice and sparkling water, stir and pour into glasses over ice.
Garnish as desired.