With each solstice comes a change of season. Winter solstice promises the end of short days as dark gives way to light. Because the sun is nearing its zenith, summer solstice is a celebration of brightness. Paradoxically that is when it begins to wain. Enjoy the Earth’s longest days with Kathleen’s favorite summer beverage– Rhubarb Lemonade Spritzer– five calories per serving.
6 cups water, 6 cups coarsely chopped rhubarb, juice of one lemon or lime with zest, sparkling water, and 6 sweeter packets.
In a saucepan, bring water to boil. Add rhubarb. Return to boil, and then simmer for five minutes. Add zest and stir gently. Strain into a bowl, allowing pulp to drain for ten minutes without pressing. Pour liquid into a pitcher, adding lemon juice and sweeter packets to taste. Refrigerate in advance of serving. To serve, mix one portion of “syrup” with an equal portion of sparkling water.