Rhubarb and Strawberry Sangria

While Rhubarb is often thought of as the “dessert fruit”, it can just be easily incorporated into drinks and savory dishes, making a wonderful sauce or chutney. courtesy: Martha Stewart

• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1/2 cup water
• 2 rhubarb stalks, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
• 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (from 1 orange)
• 1 orange, halved and cut into 1/4-inch slices
• 1 pint strawberries, hulled and quartered
• 4 cups (32 ounces) chilled seltzer
• 1 bottle (750 ml) chilled sparkling wine, such as Champagne or Prosecco
• Ice

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil, add rhubarb. Transfer mixture to a medium heatproof bowl and let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a pitcher or large bowl, combine orange juice, orange, and strawberries. To serve, add cooled rhubarb mixture, seltzer, sparkling wine, and ice
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