You may have noticed that we took some time off of our mocktail series this year – we were working on a little mocktail book and we just needed a break so we could get reenergized about the series. With the last few weeks of sunshine around here, I’ve been craving some fun refreshing drinks to cool off with and new flavors and ideas have just been rushing into my mind like crazy. So I’ve made a list of a bunch that I want to try or that I’ve already tried recently and just need to share. So I guess our mocktail series is officially back!
I tried to grow rhubarb this year – which was a very unsuccessful attempt. Not even a little sprout came up! Thankfully, my aunt and uncle grow a whole bunch and it’s having an extra long season this year because of all the rain! (One benefit of non-stop rain this year…) So I grabbed a bundle from them to add to some drinks! I wanted to make a rhubarb mocktail version of a Tom Collins so I decided to add a bit of juniper to the simple syrup to bring in a bit of the flavor that the gin would typical give it.
-3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
-3 tbsp rhubarb juniper syrup (see recipe below)
Fill glass most of the way with crushed ice. Add lemon juice and rhubarb/juniper syrup. Top off with club soda. Garnish with rhubarb stalk or lemon wedge.
Rhubarb Juniper Syrup:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup rhubarb (cut up in 1/2” pieces)
1 tbsp juniper berries (crushed)
Combine ingredients in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes. Strain rhubarb and juniper and let mixture cool. Store in refrigerator. (*If you’re nervous about the juniper taste being too strong- wait until 15 minutes in to add the juniper.)xo. Caitlin