Sunday, June 01, 2008
I've fallen in love and I can't get up. It's this again: rhubarb. And now, I'm drinking it. Why not? It's beautiful, it's pink and it's refreshing. Certainly it qualifies for a summer cocktail. And now that I've collected and potted up flavored mint on the steps out back (orange mint, chocolate mint, mint julep mint, apple mint) it's time to explore.
The Rhujito: A Rhubarb Mojito.
First make a simple syrup with the rhubarb. I found this recipe and gave it a whirl. Look how pretty that syrup is.
Next, muddle a sprig or two of mint. I tried the Apple Mint. Fill the glass with ice, pour a shot or two of light rum, 1/4-1/3 cup of the rhubarb syrup, and top with mineral water.
Outcome? Refreshing, pretty, not overpowering or heavy or coy. Not tons of flavor, but perfect on a really hot day.
Welcome to the first of a series, Hunting the Summer Cocktail. I like to have a signature seasonal drink when it comes to summertime. Summer is a season to celebrate here in the Northwest. It's what gets us through the rest of the year and the nonstop parade of grey, grey and more grey...followed by rain. That glowing orb in the sky deserves a special sip, and every summer I seek to find it. Past years have uncovered the caipirinha, and various mixology. Who knows what we'll find in '08. Next up? The Summer Slushie.