Refresh with a fruity Mojito Mocktail this summer. The sweet & tart flavor of rhubarb is paired with lime and mint, all submerged in sparkling water (& rum if you like).
It's sweet, sweet, summertime!
And in case you haven't noticed, I am absolutely LOVING it. Fresh summer fruit has made it into soo many of my recent recipes. Lately, I have been into rhubarb a lot (due to my brother-in-law generously sharing his bountiful harvest).
Apparently, I'm a little late to the game as it might be hard to find fresh rhubarb at the market or the store. That being said, the red and green stalks seem to be growing plentifully in Canadian gardens all summer long.
I even found a way to preserve rhubarb's fruity, deliciousness beyond summertime with this Rhubarb Simple Syrup from last week. It simply was begging to be made into my favorite summer cocktail/mocktail: The Mojito
Two years ago I was on a fruity mojito making and drinking roll (the non-alcoholic mocktail version) while we were staying on the beautiful and peaceful island of Bali. There were Maracuya, strawberr, and even a papaya version.
Today's mojito is even easier to prepare since the rhubarb syrup combines fruity flavor and sweetness. Once you have prepared the rhubarb syrup you just need to grab half a lime, some mint leaves, ice and sparkling water (and rum for an alcoholic version).
In almost no time you will have a delicious, fruity refreshment to cool you down on hot summer nights.
While we're on the topic of summer, tonight, we're leaving for Kelowna to visit my family. Located right by the Okanagan Lake, Kelowna (British Columbia) is the perfect place to spend summer. Not just because of the nearby refreshing lake but because it's just a beautiful, relaxing area.
Another reason why I love summer in Kelowna is all the wonderful fruit that grows in its orchards. I think we'll be just missing cherry season but we might be just in time to pick us some (juice dripping down your arms) peaches. Yes, they're really that juicy!
I am so excited to spend a week with my family and have them all meet baby Olivia for the first time. But first, there will be an 8-hour car ride with a 4-week-old infant. I'll spare you those details!
I am not sure which I am scared about more, the long car ride or flying alone with a baby at the end of that visit (Konrad will drive back home to Calgary before us)?
Anyway, if all goes well and we're all not having too much fun, I'll be back with another great recipe next week.
If you tried this delicious drink please share your thoughts with me! And, if you liked this recipe, or, you especially like rhubarb, then be sure to check out the following recipes:
Rhubarb Mojito Cocktail
- 7-10 fresh mint leaves 1 sprig for garnish
- ½ lime cut into 4 wedges
- 1 cup ice cubes
- ¼ cup rhubarb syrup
- 3 tablespoon white rum optional
- ½ cup sparkling water
- Place mint leaves in a glass together with 3 lime wedges. Muddle (handle of a wooden spoon works for me) mint and lime to release lime juice and mint oil. Add the rhubarb syrup to the glass.
- Fill the glass with ice and add optional rum. Fill the glass with sparkling water, stir (unless you like the layered look) and garnish with the remaining lime wedge and mint sprig.
Rhubarb pairs exceptionally well with various fruits such as strawberries and raspberries, adding a delightful sweetness to cocktails. Additionally, the tartness of rhubarb harmonizes beautifully with citrus flavors like lime and lemon, creating a balanced and refreshing beverage.
Rhubarb is commonly used to create a delicious and tangy rhubarb syrup. This syrup can be utilized to prepare a wide range of beverages, including cocktails, mocktails, and refreshing summer drinks.
A mocktail version of a traditional mojito is commonly referred to as a "Virgin Mojito." It includes all the refreshing flavors of a classic mojito, such as lime, mint, and soda water, but without the addition of rum.
An alcoholic mojito typically consists of white rum, fresh lime juice, mint leaves, sugar, and soda water. The combination of these ingredients creates a vibrant and refreshing cocktail that is perfect for warm summer days.