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Rhubarb Mojito

Okay, this is the last one. I promise. Maybe.

Yes, yes, I’m pretty obsessed with rhubarb right now. I can’t help it. Rhubarb just makes me so darn happy. Spring makes me so darn happy.

You know what else makes me happy? Gin.

Rhubarb Mojito

I should say, for the record, that mojitos are normally made with rum. The technique includes “muddling” which is basically squishing a few ingredients (usually some combination of fruit, mint leaves, and lime) all together to get them release their juices and oils. You then add the rest of the ingredients and shake it all together to make a tasty, tasty beverage.

Mojitos taste like summer to me. They are bright, refreshing, and often incorporate seasonal fresh fruit.

I like different kinds of liquor as the base for my mojitos, other than rum. I went through a phase a while back where I put Vanilla Vodka into all my mojitos.

Now, it’s gin.

I like to use gin here, as it has has nice floral overtones that work well with the strawberries and the rhubarb.

Cheers to summer!!

Rhubarb Mojito

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large stalks rhubarb
  • 1.5 oz gin
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • fresh strawberries
  • fresh mint

Method

  1. Make the rhubarb simple syrup: add the water and sugar to a saucepan. Chop the rhubarb and add it as well. Bring the mixture up a boil, and allow the sugar to dissolve into the water. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to sit for about an hour until it cools and simple syrup turns a nice pink colour. Drain off the rhubarb solids and reserve the syrup.
  2. To make the cocktail: place 3 mint leaves in the bottom of your cocktail shaker, along with a roughly-chopped strawberry. Muddle together.
  3. Add 1.5 oz gin, 1 oz lime juice and 1 oz simple syrup. Top up with ice and shake well to combine.
  4. Strain into a glass and garnish with a sliced strawberry and mint leaves.

Rosemary Blood Orange Gin Cocktail

Whew!

Kinda wish I had a sexier name for this one, but hey! There’s truth in advertising, right? I mean, it has rosemary, blood orange and gin, what more do you want, people???

So, it’s Friday, and that means we should celebrate surviving another work week with a delicious cocktail.

rosemary blood orange gin cocktail

I’m pretty obsessed with this Legend Distilling Smoked Rosemary Gin. I was before, but I’m even more so now that I actually visited their distillery a couple weeks back while I was in Naramata.

It’s a very cozy space… I look forward to going back in the summer when the patio is open and having some brunch.

Several bottles of spirits (not just the Black Moon Gin) may have followed us home… watch this space for more recipes once I’ve had a chance to experiment a little more.

legend distilling blasted brew

All right! Let’s get on to the business at hand!

This recipe is inspired by one I recently saw on The Rhubarbarians. I made a few modifications, including thinly-slicing and dehydrating my blood oranges for garnish like they do at Juniper.

Salut!

rosemary blood orange cocktail

Rosemary Blood Orange Gin Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3-4 dashes angostura bitters
  • 5-6 fresh rosemary leaves, plus additional sprigs for garnish
  • 1 blood orange, plus additional slices for garnish
  • 1.5 oz gin (I used Legend Distilling Black Moon Gin)
  • sparkling water or tonic
  • ice

Method:

  1. Place the sugar cube in the bottom of a glass, and add the bitters to it. Using a muddler, mush the sugar up. Add the rosemary leaves and continue to muddle.
  2. Juice the blood orange, taking care to strain out the pips. Add it to the drink and stir.
  3. Add the gin and stir.
  4. Add ice, stir, then top up with sparkling water. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a slice of blood orange.

 

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