Herbal Cocktail: Rhubarb (Mint) Moscow Mule

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I have another fun cocktail for you and it is a doozy. As I explained yesterday I am doing a few herbal cocktail recipes for Annette at Sustainable Eats as part of a year-long learning experience using The Urban Farm Handbook as a guide/launching point and Annette as your fearless leader. You can’t go wrong with participating. Stop by and see what things are happening over there!

In the meantime, I know what is happening here. Rhubarb. Rhubarb and mint. The cocktail today is a spin on the classic Moscow Mule.

grow and resist herbal and botanical cocktail urban farm handbook challenge rhubarb mint moscow mulePerhaps 7 or 8 years ago the Ladyfriend and I went to dinner with my parents and my (non-drinking) dad became very excited seeing a Moscow Mule on the menu. He told us a bit of the history (essentially an advertising ploy) of the drink, we all tried it, and it quickly became one of my favourite warm weather drinks. Or a maybe-spring-is-coming-afterall drink. Or a yay-the-mint-is-back drink. It is gingery, fizzy, refreshing perfection.

grow and resist herbal and botanical cocktail urban farm handbook challenge rhubarb mint moscow mule

The Ladyfriend trying out some combinations. There were also Rhubarb Collins to be tasted. Mmm.

Rhubarb Moscow Mule

A true Moscow Mule has either no simple syrup, or just a few dashes. If I have mint simple syrup on had I sometimes use that. Other times I skip it all together. For this seasonal version, however, I used a mildly sweet rhubarb syrup. Rhubarb and ginger pair perfectly, so the drink was outstanding. I’m out of ginger beer. Help!

Also, you need a copper mug. Sure, you can drink one without it, but it won’t be the same. I have no idea why not, but it won’t.

  • 2 oz vodka
  • ~½ oz rhubarb simple syrup (see notes below)
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • ~3 oz of strong ginger beer (such as Cock ‘n Bull)
  • spring of mint (I use several and muddle them up a bit)
  • slice/wedge of lime
  1. Mix vodka, simple syrup, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Pour over ice in classic copper mug.
  3. Top with ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with mint and a lime wedge.
  5. Don’t run your copper mugs through the dishwasher like we did. They develop somewhat unsightly tarnishes. Oops.

grow and resist herbal and botanical cocktail urban farm handbook challenge rhubarb mint moscow mule

For Rhubarb Simple Syrup: I am always inspired by the Hungry Tigress and her Rhubeena led me to make a rhubarb simple syrup. However, when I decided to make it I didn’t think to check how she made it. In the end I made it like I do most simple syrups: fruit/flavour, sugar, plus water. For this I used about 2 ½ cups of chopped (red) rhubarb, 1 cup of water, and 1 cup of sugar. I cooked it until the rhubarb was squishy (~15 minutes) and then removed from heat. Cool, strain, and bottle. Easy.

Search ebay, etsy, and thrift stores for your own copper mugs and enjoy!

grow and resist herbal and botanical cocktail urban farm handbook challenge rhubarb mint moscow muleCocktails past: Strawberry-Thyme Margarita, Cucumber-Mint Gimlet, Cranberry-Meyer Lemon Collins, Cranberry Gin and Tonic, and Pomegranate Sparkling Cocktail.

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