During the quiet hours, while one little is at preschool and the other is upstairs having her "quiet time," I find myself sipping my second americano for the day. That second cup helps stave off the afternoon munchies. Well, unless your protruding belly is squishing your stomach & coffee sounds anything but appealing at 2:00 in the afternoon.
What I have been finding to hit that spot is bubbly water. It quenches me and fills me, especially when I get to decline a mojito or margarita on a sunny day. But, what I find even more refreshing is adding a twist to sparkling water through my beloved rhubarb. Yes, as if you haven't heard enough about how much I love this vegetable.
Rhubarb commonly used for pie, crisps & muffins is versatile for compotes & savory sauces for meat. Or...the not so common designated hitter for pregnant mothers desiring that summer cocktail (insert mock tail). Stewed rhubarb slightly sweetened with honey pairs ever so well with the pop of fresh lime juice. While the mint brings about the cooling sensation needed for summer. All melded with bubbly water to invigorate the palate.
This is not just for the woman with child, but for anyone looking to mix things up in the drink department this summer.
Rhubarb Mint & Lime Spritzer (printable recipe)
I make stewed rhubarb, which is more than you'll need for one spritzer. I'm providing you with a recipe for the stewed rhubarb so you'll have on hand many servings for spritzers. This is easily converted into a Rhubarb mojito by adding a shot of rum.
Stewed Rhubarb Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups chopped rhubarb
2 Tb raw honey
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add the rhubarb & honey. Stir occasionally, in order to distribute the rhubarb for even cooking. Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the rhubarb has cooked down and is no longer solid. You should be able to break it down with a fork.
Taste the rhubarb to see if you would like it be a bit more sweet, and add two more Tb of honey if need be.
Rhubarb Mint & Lime Spritzer Ingredients:
2 Tb stewed rhubarb (recipe above)
3-4 mint leaves
juice of half lime
1/2 cup of ice
water with gas (as Europeans call it), sparkling or club soda
Take a 12 ounce cup and fill it with rhubarb & mint. Using a muddler, break down the mint into the rhubarb. Squeeze in the lime juice. Add the ice on top and then fill to the top with sparkling water. Add a straw and you have yourself a refreshing summer drink.