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Strawberry Rhubarb Frosty Mocktail

 

You know it's officially summer when local strawberries and rhubarb fill the farmer's market and are even sold side-by-side at your supermarket. This is the taste of summer- at least here in Canada.

Strawberries and rhubarb have long been combined together in desserts- like your favourite fruit crumble, pies, and even sorbets. They are the perfect duo of sweet and tangy, and it helps that they are ripe at the same time.

Local, organic strawberries are one of my most favourite things to enjoy ever.

Strawberry Rhubarb Drink

Strawberry has long been a popular candy flavour (my favourite of all being in licorice) but it's rare that you actually get to eat a fruit that tastes like the candy enhancement. Strawberries, however, live up to their candy version- and then run laps around it.

When a strawberry is picked in season, at the height of ripeness, there is absolutely nothing better.

Local organic strawberries

And so yes, you can bake it into a pie, or chop it up and add it to muffins, but sometimes-- sometimes you just want the berry in all its awesomenessness of the berryness. (I made that up).

And so to celebrate the summer solstice falling on a Strawberry Moon (I swear - this will be the name of my first child/pet- whatever comes first), I created a really simple, and decidedly decadent tasting Strawberry Rhubarb Frosty.

Strawberry rhubarb drink

This is best sipped in the sunshine, though maybe under an umbrella (sans toxic sunscreen), while breathing some fresh air and offering gratitude to your farmer who grows these little jewels of sweet perfection.

To make this drink extra special, I added in two tablespoons per glass of an amazingly simple, homemade rhubarb syrup that uses only rhubarb, local honey (or organic sugar) and water.

Rhubarb Simple Syrup

The syrup recipe below can be easily done with any of your favourite seasonal fruits, and makes an awesome base if you're into soda-water or kombucha-based mocktails.

Strawberry Rhubarb Frosty Mocktail

Rhubarb Simple Syrup

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A simple syrup that uses less sugar than most and can be adapted for any seasonal fruit.

Ingredients
  • 1 /1/2 cups coarsely chopped rhubarb
  • 1½ cups water
  • ¼ cups organic sugar, coconut sugar or ⅓ cup of honey

Make It Like So
  1. Place all ingredients in a pot and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Stirring as continuously as you have the patience for.
  2. Transfer to a jar and store in the fridge for up to one week.

Strawberry Rhubarb Frosty Mocktail

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A seriously delicious refreshing summer beverage. Mix and match the fruit and syrup for endless combinations.

Ingredients
  • 10 strawberries, hulled + 2 more for garnish
  • 2 Tbsp - ¼ cup rhubarb syrup (depends on desired sweetness)
  • 10 ice cubes
  • 1 cup of water

Make It Like So
  1. Place all ingredients in your blender and blend until frosty and smooth.
  2. Pour into serving glasses and garnish with strawberries.

 

7 Responses to “Strawberry Rhubarb Frosty Mocktail”

  1. Sally said…
    Looking forward to making these mocktails this weekend. Rhubarb and strawberries are a perfect match. Yum!
  2. Mmmm yum! my food share is giving me loads of strawberries lately and I think I'm going to have to find some rhubarb at my grocery store to give this a try! Looks like an awesome sweet and cool treat for these hot and humid days we've been having! xo
  3. Laura said…
    Delicious combination!! Do you strain the rhubarb after you have have simmered it down? I found after even a hour simmering an added more water it was not a clear clear syrup like you present above. I assume you must require to strain?
  4. Please open a restaurant Meghan!

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