Rhubarb Mojitos

Trust me when I say I am well acquainted with the mojito. We go waaay back. So I know that real mojitos are made with rum. In order for the rhubarb flavor to shine through, I used vodka which does not compete for attention. Adjust the amount of syrup to the level of sweetness you desire. I like this drink sour and strong, so I use just enough syrup to deliver a whisper of rhubarb flavor without making the drink sweet.

  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 6 large leaves fresh mint
  • 1 oz. rhubarb syrup (see tips)
  • 4 oz. high-quality Vodka
  • Ice cubes
  • In a short cocktail glass, muddle the lime and the mint. Add the rhubarb syrup and the vodka, then stir well. Add ice and serve.
  • Quick Tips
  • 1. To make rhubarb syrup, place 3 cups chopped rhubarb (about one pound), 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring it to a boil, then simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and strain liquid through a sieve. Reserve rhubarb pulp for another use (like a snack – it’s similar to chunky applesauce). Makes roughly 10 ounces of syrup.
  • 2. My favorite vodka is Belvedere.
  • 3. I like to cut several long slices of rhubarb to use as stirrers. It looks pretty and it’s functional!

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 1 drink (I know, what fun is that?!)

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