Strawberry Rhubarb Italian Sodas

Ingredients:

2 large stalks rhubarb, chopped

16 oz fresh strawberries, sliced

1.5 cups water

1.5 cups sugar

drop of red food coloring (optional)

sparkling water for serving

Directions:

Combine rhubarb, strawberries, water and sugar in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until fruit has broken up. Add red food coloring if you wish. Strain syrup twice, once through a colander and once through a sifter. You can keep the fruit you strained out---it's perfect to top pancakes or waffles with!

Place double strained syrup in a jar and let chill thoroughly.

To assemble sodas, fill a glass with sparkling water and ice. Add 1/4-1/3 cup simple syrup (depending on how sweet you like your soda). Enjoy!

Time:

3 hours (includes time to chill simple syrup)

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