If you have followed me on social media for a while you have probably noticed that I gave up alcohol in September 2019. It all happened pretty organically. I contemplated it for a while, but was too scared to do it. I was afraid that I would miss out on fun with friends. I was afraid that I would be bored on the weekends. I was just afraid! Around that time I went on a 2 week work trip to Mexico. It was a mix between a personal development conference and a business conference. If you have ever been to an event like this, you know that the energy in the room is amazing. I ate super clean, exercised daily, and emphasized all of the self care practices that I do not always have time for at home. It was easy to go without alcohol there! I came home on a high and I was determined to not let that high go! I wrote down everything that contributed to me feeling so good on that trip and no alcohol was clearly one of those things. So I gave it up.
I quickly realized that a lot of the fun associated with drinking comes is the pretty drink with preppy garnishes. Since then, my mission has been to create delicious mocktails that not only taste good, but are good for you!
Now that spring has sprung my focus has been on springy drinks! One of the first ingredients that came to my mind was rhubarb. White rhubarb is very sour when raw, it becomes sweet when it is cooked and combined with the right things. Check out the recipe below.
RHUBARB GINGER MOCKTAIL
For the rhubarb syrup
- 3 Cup water
- 2 Cup chopped rhubarb chopped into ½-1 inch pieces
- 1/2 Cup honey I prefer raw honey
- 1 inch ginger grated
For the drink:
- 1 Cup club soda
- 2 basil leaves
- 1/4 cup rhubarb syrup
- Using a pot on the stove, place all of the rhubarb syrup ingredients in the pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes and remove from the heat
- Let the mixture cool for 20 minutes.
- After the mixture cools, use a strainer with a bowl below and strain the mixture allowing the syrup to fall into the bowl
- Pour the syrup into a mason jar and allow it to cool (the syrup will last for several weeks)
- In a large cup mix the club soda, basil, and rhubarb syrup.
- Add an ice cube to a cocktail glass
- Pour the cocktail in the glass.