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With summer just a short week away, we couldn’t help but dream about lazy days lounging by the water with a cocktail (or mocktail) in hand. That’s why we’ve decided to start a brand new blog feature – Saturday Sips! – to share some of our favorite seasonal beverage recipes in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic form. Saturday Sips will post every other Saturday with a new drink recipe hand-picked by our staff.

Vanilla-Rhubarb Simple Syrup for Cocktails and Mocktails
To kick things off, we’ve chosen to feature rhubarb in all its tart, ruby-red glory. Why? Because it’s in peak season right now, and growing right outside in the Evermine office garden. Plus, as sour as rhubarb may be in raw form, it mellows out into a smooth, unique flavor when added to sugar. Add some freshly scraped vanilla bean and your favorite ground spices, and you have a taste that will bring you back for more every spring when rhubarb stalks start growing in the garden once again.

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For the base of your rhubarb mojito cocktail or mocktail, you’ll first need to prepare a batch of vanilla-rhubarb simple syrup. Luckily, you can have it made in under 30 minutes, and once your batch of syrup cools, you’ll have enough to serve a good six to eight generously-sized glasses:

Vanilla-Rhubarb Simple Syrup
Recipe Type: Cocktails and Mixers
Author: The Evermine Blog
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 8 oz chopped rhubarb
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ vanilla bean, scraped
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir and let the mixture come to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and let simmer for another five minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Strain into a clean glass jar, cover, and store in the refrigerator.
  5. Add to your mojito (recipe below), or a glass of sparkling cider for a delicious mocktail.
  6. Enjoy!
Notes
Recipe adapted from [url href=”http://notwithoutsalt.com/2012/04/21/rhubarb-mojito-a-giveaway/” target=”_blank”]Not Without Salt[/url].

Saturday Sips! Rhubarb Mojitos
Once you have made your vanilla-rhubarb simple syrup, you can jar it up and bring it to your beginning-of-summer BBQ or party to spread the rhubarb love with your friends. Just grab your bottle of syrup, a handful of fresh mint from the garden or grocery store, and a few mason jars, and depending on whether you want to celebrate with spirits or keep it simple with a glass of refreshing soda, the rest of the ingredients are up to you. For the mojito lovers among you, we have a recipe for Rhubarb Mojitos that will knock your socks off:

Vanilla-Rhubarb Mojitos
Recipe Type: Cocktails and Mixers
Author: The Evermine Blog
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 oz white rum
  • 2 oz rhubarb syrup
  • 5 mint leaves, torn and muddled
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. In a small glass, add the rhubarb syrup, mint, and lime juice.
  2. Add ice cubes, and cover with the rum.
  3. Garnish with a slice of rhubarb.
  4. Stir and enjoy!
Notes
Recipe adapted from [url href=”http://notwithoutsalt.com/2012/04/21/rhubarb-mojito-a-giveaway/http://” target=”_blank”]Not Without Salt[/url].
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Saturday Sips! Rhubarb-Vanilla Bean Cocktails and Mocktails
And for those of you who want to enjoy the flavor without the alcohol, simply add the syrup (to taste) to your unflavored soda water, squeeze in some fresh lime, and add a few torn fresh mint leaves – that’s all there is to it! Cheers to the delicious flavors of spring, and the beginning of a brand new season!

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