Strawberry Rhubarb Mojito…Guest blogger Gina!

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photo cred: Gina Boles

This is a note & recipe from my home exchange friend, Gina, from Dublin Ireland…
(I’ve made a few adjustments, such as grams/ml etc..for us Americans)

I love rhubarb, & a few weeks ago, one of the girls who teaches with me, brought in a huge bag of it from her mother’s garden, & got us all to help ourselves. I didn’t want to make a tart or anything, so thought I’d just cook it down to a puree & freeze that for later use. But, when I had the puree I had a brainwave, & thought I’d strain it for a syrup base for cocktails! Because I’d recently bought new cocktail glasses as I was hosting my book club! It was fab. And I’ve since bought more rhubarb (it’s still in season) & repeated this with ginger.

And – I couldn’t face wasting all the pulp, so I used some of it as filling in some muffins. They were delish. And the rest went with yogurt for breakfast.


1 to 1.25 lbs rhubarb, cut into chunks
3 or 4 strawberries – not too many
1 cup super fine sugar
3/4 cup water
Put all into a saucepan, bring to the boil, then simmer gently for 30 mins.
Keep the lid on to avoid losing any liquid.
Strain all the liquid into a jug, then press the puree to extract as much juice as possible.
Cool down well in the fridge.


rhubarb/strawberry syrup…isn’t it beautiful?!

(You could try an alternative, which is instead of strawberries, add about a 1 inch chunk of fresh ginger cut into pieces)

2 oz. rhubarb syrup
1 oz. white rum
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. 7up (or ginger ale for some spice for the alternative, ginger, version)

Serve over crushed ice, muddled with some mint.
Add a strawberry or hang a disc of ginger on the side.
Use a baton of rhubarb as a stirrer.


That first pic was taken by Gina with her new cocktail glasses. I took the pics of the prep when I made it for myself (watching the convention and celebrating the first woman presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton). It was easy to make and a really yummy cocktail, although next time I’ll try it with fizzy water instead of 7-up ’cause it was a bit sweet…but a really great flavor. It’ll be perfect for my Friday night at the Hollywood Bowl seeing A Chorus Line.

Thanks Gina! That was the easiest, and tastiest, cocktail blog post I’ve done. Any other guest bloggers who’d like to share a favorite recipe?

My beautiful friends, Marsha (always game to travel!) and Gina…at the rooftop bar of Fade St. Social in Dublin

You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!


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