Valentine's Day Pink Mocktail
Prep: 20 minutes
What better way to show your sweetheart you care than to make them something that's both delicious and good for them?
We say it doesn't get much better than this make-it-at-home mocktail!
This rhubarb orange beverage, recipe courtesy of the American Institute of Cancer Research, is not only fun and refreshing, it's also packed with vitamin C and antioxidant phytochemicals. Plus, the pink color couldn't be any more perfect.
What's more, you can even make the rhubarb infusion up to two days before serving the mocktail, which saves you time on Valentine's Day.
Note: If you and your Valentine prefer your drinks a little sweeter, just add a touch of agave syrup, honey or sugar.
3 cups fresh or frozen rhubarb, cut crosswise in 1/2 inch slices
4 cups cold water
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 cup orange juice
4 mint sprigs, for garnish
- In large, stainless steel or other non-reactive saucepan, combine rhubarb and water. Cover and bring to boil over medium-high heat.
- Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Set the covered pot aside to steep for 10 minutes.
- Set a large strainer over the bowl. Pour the contents of the pot into the strainer and drain liquid into the bowl.
- Using the back of a wooden spoon, press very lightly on rhubarb, just to extract liquid that drains easily. (Pressing too firmly will make the infusion cloudy.) Discard pulp.
- Pour liquid, about 4 cups, into a jar or other container, preferably glass, and let sit until room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
- When ready to serve, measure 3 cups of rhubarb infusion. Pour 1/2 cup into pitcher, add strawberries and muddle until combined.
- Pour in remaining rhubarb infusion and orange juice.
- Pour liquid into 4 ice-filled, tall glasses. Garnish each glass with mint sprig, if using.
- Serve and enjoy! Happy Valentine's Day.