Rhubarb Lemonade Muddled with Mint

I’ve seen a lot of rhubarb recipes lately. Pretty much all of them looked delicious, but I’m new to the rhubarb experience, so I wanted to try something really simple.

First, a quick rundown on rhubarb…

1. The leaves are poisonous. I’ve never seen rhubarb in the grocery store with the leaves on, so someone does the work of removing the poisonous leaves for us. Perfect.

2. The stalks reportedly have antioxidant and gastrointestinal benefits, according to a number of websites.

3. Rhubarb is great for juicing (which I learned making this recipe) and would be a great addition to summer green juices and smoothies. Before you juice, take a look at #2 on my “Lessons Learned” list underneath the recipe.

I’m always looking for new, summery drink obsessions, so I decided to make Rhubarb Lemonade. I love mojitos, so I thought that a ‘mint muddle’ would be a great addition to the recipe.

Rhubarb Lemonade Muddled with Mint
Makes 1 medium-sized pitcher

4 large stalks of rhubarb, juiced (yields 1 cup of juice)
4 large lemons, juiced (yields 2/3 cup of juice)
4 1/2 cups of cold water
½ cup of pure cane sugar
1 bunch of mint, for muddling before serving
crushed or cubed ice for serving

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Add the rhubarb juice, lemon juice, and sugar to a pitcher. Next, add in the water and stir.

Place the crushed ice into individual glasses and tear a few mint leaves into each glass. Fill each glass halfway with the rhubarb lemonade and muddle (I used a fork). You can remove the mint leaves or leave them in (I left them in). Fill the rest of the glass up with lemonade and enjoy!

Lessons Learned

1. Rhubarb yields a really good amount of juice. The outcome was a very strong rhubarb taste, which is nice, but in the future, I’ll probably opt to use 2 large stalks for this recipe, as opposed to 4 large stalks.

2. Rhubarb is very fibrous. I have a moderate strength juicer, so in order to avoid clogging/breaking my juicer, I cut each stalk into about 4 thin pieces. After juicing 4 pieces, I noticed that the fibers were starting to clog the blades, so I stopped to clean the blades three times throughout the juicing process.

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