Sometimes you find yourself a with a part of your CSA pickup that you’re not quite sure what you should do with. For me, it’s rhubarb. And my solution is:
Rhubarb makes a great simple syrup that you can substitute in almost any cocktail, but my favorite is the Strawberry-Rhubarb Mojito
Rhubarb Simple Syrup
- 2 cups chopped rhubarb
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
Mix all ingredients in saucepan over medium-high heat. Once the mixture comes to a boil, loweer it to a simmer until rhubarb loses it’s color — about ten to fifteen minutes. Strain mixture with a fine mesh sieve, mashing rhubarb to obtain as much liquid as possible. Let cool and transfer into the refrigerator.
- 4-5 fresh strawberries, depending on size
- Small handful of fresh mint leaves
- 3 oz rhubarb simple syrup (recipe above)
- 2 oz rum
- 1 1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
- Club soda
- Ice (preferably crushed)
Place strawberries, mint, and some crushed ice in a tall, sturdy glass. Muddle these ingredients with a muddler or the back of a spoon. Add rum, lime juice, and rhubarb simple syrup. Mix and top with club soda.
Garnish with strawberries and slices of lime.
For a “virgin” mojito, simply omit the rum from the recipe above.