This is my new favorite drink for the summer, Rhubarb Mojito’s! Our friends brought us some fresh Rhubarb last week, and I decided to make some Rhubarb Simple Syrup. I also have fresh mint growing in our herb garden, but it grows wild here in Michigan, so I can literally walk out our door, and walk to Big Red Lighthouse, and pick some along the way. If you like your drink a little sweeter, you can add Sprite, if not so much, then you can add club soda, or a mixture of both. I love our little sailboat that is in the background of this photo. We picked it up in a little shop in Douglas, Michigan, as you can guess the name of the shop is, It is what it is! Which is my motto for this year! As I’m sitting here writing my blog, it is a Beautiful Sunday afternoon, the warmest one yet for us this summer here in Michigan. It has been quite cold lately only in the 60’s, but I’m not complaining, I love it! The sailboats are casually rolling by, the birds are chirping and Woody my Woodchuck friend, pops his head out of the hole every once in a while. Morgan our oldest son flew in Friday morning, and we have been having a blast. Pete and Morgan have been fishing right off of the channel behind our cottage, Morgan has had a couple on the line, actually some big fish, maybe a Walleye or Salmon, but they keep getting away. I keep waiting for them to catch one, so I can make fresh fish one night for us, maybe better luck tomorrow. We all three walked two and a half miles this morning. This place to me is what Summer is all about. Kids out playing catch in the yard and the Cottonwood tree’s blowing in the wind, ice cream on a hot Summer day, and these refreshing Rhubarb Mojito’s in the evening, watching the sun set! Whatever you’re doing this summer, enjoy yourself, and try one of these great drinks, as you watch the world go by! If you have time write me a comment and let me know what your favorite drink of the summer is! Love, Stacey
Rhubarb simple syrup:
1 cup sugar
6 cups water
To make the simple syrup, clean and cut Rhubarb into 1-inch pieces. Put Rhubarb into a large pan on Med-high heat, add the sugar and the water. Bring to a boil and stir. Lower the temperature to low and let simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 40 minutes, remove from stove and let cool. Then strain into a pitcher, at this point the syrup will last two weeks in your refrigerator.
For the Mojito’s:
This recipe makes one.
8 mint leaves per glass
1/2 of a lime cut into 4ths
Muddle the mint and lime together.
Pour 1/4 cup Rhubarb simple syrup over the lime and mint mixture.
Fill with ice
Add 2 ounces of white rum
Fill with equal parts of Sprite and Club Soda. Enjoy!