Soft drink, soda, pop: Whatever you call them, these beverages are having a moment. At Neal Brown's The Libertine Liquor Bar in Indianapolis, Indiana, chef de cuisine Erin Till created this uniquely spiced rhubarb soda. She cooks the ruby red stalks with a sweet-savory mix of cardamom pods, celery seeds and peppercorns to give the juice extra earthy complexity. After straining the solids, she combines the bright pink syrup with sparkling water for a fizzy faux-cocktail designed for even the most serious drinkers. Plus, the byproduct is an intensely flavored compote that Till ingeniously serves as an appetizer alongside slices of fried bacon. The smart move begs the question: Would you like a soda with that?
Spiced Rhubarb SodaRecipe from Erin Till, The Libertine, Indianapolis, IN
Yield: Makes 4 sodas
Cook Time: 20 minutes