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Spring mocktail recipe: Rhubarb Blush

Something guilt-free to slurp on a school night, madam? Try this fruity little number, made with rhubarb and cardamon pods, a taste of spring.

Rhubarb, rhubarb! Great in a crumble but have you ever tried it in a non-alcoholic cocktail? We stole the recipe for this Rhubarb Blush Non-alcoholic Cocktail from Sarah Yates, co-founder of Sea Arch Drinks, whose zero-alcohol (and calorie-free!) Coastal Juniper gin is one of Muddy’s favourite go-tos on a school night or when we’re the designated driver.

Sarah says the dryness of Sea Arch offsets the sweetness of the cordial perfectly while the cardamom syrup gives it an extra spicy kick, emphasising the exciting cardamom in the spirit’s botanicals. Muddy says, we love that pretty pink colour! Pour us one prontissimo, please and thank you.

You will need:

  • 50ml Sea Arch Coastal Juniper
  • 450g rhubarb (or 4-5 sticks)
  • 1 orange and 1 lemon
  • Slice of fresh ginger
  • Handful of cardamom pods
  • 300g caster sugar
  • Muslin cloth

How to make the rhubarb cordial:

  1. Add 300g caster sugar (or less) into a saucepan, cover with 300ml water and bring to a simmer
  2. Add zest and juice of an orange and a lemon, 450g rhubarb and a slice of fresh ginger, then simmer until rhubarb is very soft.
  3. Pass through a muslin cloth.
  4. Pour into sterilised bottles and keep in the fridge, where it should be good for about a month

How to make cardamom syrup

  1. Crush a handful of cardamom pods to free the little black seeds.
  2. Add water and sugar to a pan, heat until sugar dissolves. (ratio is approx half a cup of water to half a cup of sugar with 5 pods).
  3. Add cardamom pods, and bring to boiling point but don’t allow to boil.
  4. Turn off the heat, add a pinch of salt and allow to steep for 10 minutes.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh.

Now pour that mocktail!

  1. Half fill a large glass with ice.
  2. Pour in Sea Arch Coastal Juniper.
  3. Add 150ml homemade rhubarb cordial.
  4. Add half tsp homemade cardamom syrup.
  5. Stir and garnish with fresh rhubarb ribbons (made with a peeler).

Like what you’re supping?

Once you’ve enjoyed your tipple, head over to Sea Arch for more seasonal alcohol-free recipes.

Find more ideas here

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