Marla A. White
As the youngest of six kids, I’ve been living with hand-me-downs my whole life. When I was really young, my oldest sister gave me her old, broken watch. I thought it was the coolest thing ever, even if it didn’t work.
You’d think that would have turned me off to the concept of hand-me-downs, but I came to accept them as part of life. In fact, after I left home and moved to LA, I started to love them. At first, a friend with much better taste than mine gave me clothes she’d gotten tired of or grew out of. Score! My boss/mentor/friend gave me some cocktail dresses, knowing I’d never buy them. It came in really handy when I was riding as that stuff gets really expensive. Sweaters with old company logos, ski jackets that were out of style…in fact, I’m wearing a t-shirt I got from a friend who it doesn’t fit anymore.
Because I have no problems with hand-me-downs, I cheerfully accepted. And I LOVE rhubarb in anything, so how could I go wrong?
Per the label, it’s made of organic rhubarb, beets, carrots, lemon, spices including cardamom and vanilla, among other things. Not being fond of beets and so-so on carrots, I was skeptical that my beloved rhubarb would still carry the day. The bottle came with a little pamphlet of recipes, but it seemed like Root as pretty much interchangeable with gin or vodka.
I opted for a classic Gimlet, substituting Rhubarb (tea) for gin. The rhubarb and other veggies blended nicely with the lime and a bit of simple syrup. If a cocktail has beets in it, does that make it a health drink?
I rate this 5 out of 5 yums.
Trying to find a spot for this and the other orphan bottles in my liquor cabinet made me take a bit of inventory and discovered other gifted bottles. It’s like my house is the Island of Misfit Alcohol. Stay tuned while I try out the other mystery drinks!