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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.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Mojitos

It’s been a pretty exciting week! I got chosen as one of Vancouver Mom’s Top 30 Mom Bloggers!

That’s pretty darn cool. Oh (and here comes the shameless self-promotion part), I’d love it if you would vote for me. You can vote for me and two other mom bloggers, once this week, and once next week. The big party/awards presentation is June 19. Hope I can get a babysitter!

Strawberry-Rhubarb Mojito

So. I’m feeling like celebrating. The blogging nomination thing is pretty cool. Plus, my local Farmer’s Market opens this weekend.

There are certain things that mark, for me, the real arrival of spring, and none of them really have to do with equinoxes. Most of them have to do with food. I know when I go to the Farmer’s Market, and I can buy rhubarb and garlic scapes, that spring is really and truly here.

When I was kid, we had a huge rhubarb patch in our backyard. My mom used to hand me a stalk and a bowl of sugar, and I’d chomp down on the tart stalks, their edge taken off by the sugar.

As an adult, I still love Rhubarb, and it pairs especially well with strawberries, the sweet and tart balancing each other out. There’s usually a pie (there’s one in my fridge right now!), and last year, I experimented with an upside-down cake.

Tonight’s experiment is a little more… grown up.

Mojitos and sangrias are my go-to summer drinks. Loaded with fruit and ice, they cool and refresh on a warm summer night.

I have a big pot of mint on my balcony whose sole purpose is to keep me supplied with mojitos all summer long.Strawberry-Rhubarb Mojito

Strawberry-Rhubarb Mojitos

Ingredients:

  • 6 mint leaves
  • 2 tbsps Strawberry-Rhubarb puree (instructions follow)
  • 2 tbsps simple syrup (or to taste, depending on how sweet you like it)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1-1.5 oz white rum
  • Ice
  • Soda Water

Method: 

  • To make puree: take about 3 stalks of rhubarb, and a couple cups of berries. Stem the berries and wash everything well. IMG_1622Cut the rhubarb up into 1/2 chunks, and quarter the strawberries. Place in a saucepan with about a cup of water, and let it all boil down until it’s mush. When cooled, blitz it in the blender to make a puree. Finally, run it through a sieve to get out the really fibrous bits.
  • In a tall tumbler, muddle the mint with the simple syrup. I have a muddler, but you can use the skinny end of a wooden spoon just as well. And by “muddle,” I just mean mash the crap out of it, until it’s a green, pulpy mess.
  • Add the strawberry-rhubarb compote, rum and mint, and stir well until it’s mixed.
  • Add a handfull of ice, and top with soda.
  • Garnish with slices of strawberries or mint leaves.