Rhubarb and Mint Julep
I’m going to start off by saying I don’t really think this is much of a julep. I don’t know if I’ve even ever had a proper julep. In fact, I think I just really bloody enjoy saying the word julep. But what this is, is a refreshing and summery wee cocktail that would be perfect for sipping in the garden on one of these gorgeous evenings, of which there are plenty of as England seems to be playing ball with Summer this year!
You have to make up a wee rhubarb simple syrup first – which can be used to flavour no end of cocktails! – and, well, as the name suggests, it’s very bloody simple to make. Too simple, in fact, y’all going to think I went and got lazy…
And then it really is a case of pouring, muddling and drinking. And who doesn’t love all three?
Rhubarb Simple Syrup
3 large stalks of rhubarb
4 tbsp granulated sugar
- Chop the rhubarb up nice and small.
- Pop rhubarb, water and sugar in a pan and whack on the hob on a low heat.
- Allow to simmer and bubble away until the rhubarb is soft. Strain the syrup and allow to cool.
The Non-Julep Julep
6/8 mint leaves
Soda water to top up
- Pop mint, syrup and gin in a glass and muddle together.
- Add a little ice and continue to muddle.
- Fill the rest of the glass with ice and top up with a little soda.
- Garish as you see fit and enjoy!