What better combination than two plants that seem to “take off” on their own and are ready for harvest early in spring? Simple to whip up, keeps a long time in your fridge, or you could make a larger batch and can it for prolonged enjoyment!
As for the cocktail…I’m the first to tell you I’m not a technical mixologist. I prefer this with gin…it plays on the botanical notes and works great, but dont buy cheap gin. Try to jump up a price point (for us, cheap gin is $25-$30/26 oz bottle, try the $35-$40 range) or try another alcohol. Cheap gin is best used for cleaning toilets (I kid, but it tastes like it…) For gin we like Ungava, a Northern Quebec made gin. Alternatively, White Rum, Spiced Rum and Whiskey all work. Like I said…not technical. Our favourite Whiskey, Forty Creek, is one of the cheapest we can buy, yet its a delightful whiskey. Your best bet is to ask for a suggestion at a local liquor store if you dont know.
Normally I’d use ice cubes but this day I was out, and chose not to let that stop me, but instead show you how to make yourself a cocktail without ice!
Rhubarb and Mint Syrup
- 4 cups roughly chopped rhubarb fresh or frozen
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 3-4 sprigs fresh mint, approx 6 inches long each
- Mix rhubarb, sugar and water in a pot on medium heat.
- Simmer until rhubarb “falls apart”, about 15 minutes.
- Take off heat, push fresh mint down into the sauce, let cool until you can handle, about 30 minutes.
- Strain the syrup using a sieve or thin tea towel.
- Store in fridge.
Rhubarb Gin Cocktail
- 2 oz rhubarb syrup (see below for recipe)
- 1-2 oz Gin, Rum or Whiskey
- 1/2 oz lemon or lime juice optional
- a few ice cubes OR larger frozen fruit like whole strawberries/peach slices
- soda water, to fill your jar
- In a pint jar, pour gin, rhubarb syrup, lemon/lime and ice/frozen fruit. Screw a liquid tight lid on and shake well.
- Fill jar up with soda water, give a stir, and enjoy!
Want more delicious cold drink recipes?
–Perfect Iced Coffee (Why not cut that drive thru habit??)
–Honey Sweetened Lemonade (5 minutes, so quick to make!)