Strawberry Rhubarb Limeade

This not-too-sweet beverage is an delightful mælange of flavors and quite refreshing.

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups rhubarb, cut into 3/4-inch pieces (about 1 lb.)
2 cups strawberries, halved
3 inch piece ginger root, peeled and chopped into 1 inch pieces
1 cup sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
1 vanilla pod, sliced
4 cups fresh drinking water
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
20 mint leaves
Garnish: Additional strawberries, fresh mint leaves and lime slices

METHOD:

In a large saucepan, combine rhubarb pieces, strawberries, ginger, sugar, vanilla pod and water. Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat.

Add the lime juice and the mint leaves. Simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool to lukewarm.

Strain the mixture through a sieve into container or large pitcher to remove fruit pulp. Place juice in refrigerator to chill.

Serve in a large pitcher with ice, strawberries, fresh mint leaves and lime slices.

YIELD: 8 servings