Strawberry-Rhubarb Mimosa {Recipe}

May 21, 2013

Brighten up your weekend with this pretty in pink Strawberry Rhubarb Mimosa, a seasonal spring twist on the classic brunch cocktail!

Brighten up your weekend with this pretty in pink Strawberry Rhubarb Mimosa, a seasonal spring twist on the classic brunch cocktail! Perfect for Mother's Day! Get the recipe @jlevinsonrd.

April showers usually bring May flowers, but for this month’s Recipe ReDux, May is bringing more showers – of the celebratory kind. Baby showers and bridal showers are blooming this time of year, as are graduation parties, retirement parties, weddings, Mother’s Day, and other occasions that are often celebrated with brunch.

This month’s theme was Shower Brunch Season, for which we were asked to share our favorite healthy brunch dishes for the upcoming ‘shower season.’ There was a little reminder from fellow ReDux member and dietitian Jenna Braddock from Make Healthy Easy not to forget the shower cocktails/mocktails with fresh ingredients. So with that, I decided I was going to go the cocktail route rather than traditional brunch food.

The mimosa is a very popular brunch cocktail traditionally composed of freshly squeezed orange juice and champagne, but I’m more of a fan of Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) and there are more interesting fruit in season in spring than oranges. That’s how I decided to make this Strawberry Rhubarb Mimosa.

Ingredients & Preparation

Rhubarb is technically a vegetable, but because it is very tart and sour, it is most often combined with other fruits (most notably strawberries) and sweetened to be used in desserts.  In fact, one of rhubarb’s nicknames is the “pie plant” because it is commonly used in pies and cobblers this time of year! Rhubarb looks like celery, but it generally has red stalks and green leaves attached – the leaves are toxic, so be sure to discard them.

ingredients used to make a strawberry rhubarb mimosa: strawberries, rhubarb, ginger, and lime juice

To complement the rhubarb I added strawberries, fresh ginger, and some lime juice to make my puree as the base of the mimosa. Just like a traditional mimosa, this one is brimming with vitamin C and antioxidants.

If you have friends who don’t drink alcohol, pregnant moms-to-be, or if you want to make this a kid-friendly mocktail, you can easily swap seltzer for the Prosecco.

Whether you’re having friends over for a casual weekend brunch or toasting mom for Mother’s Day, this light and refreshing Strawberry Rhubarb Mimosa is the perfect beverage to serve.

What are you waiting for? Go make yourself a drink!

Brighten up your weekend with this pretty in pink Strawberry Rhubarb Mimosa, a seasonal spring twist on the classic brunch cocktail! Perfect for Mother's Day! Get the recipe @jlevinsonrd.

Strawberry Rhubarb Mimosa Recipe

Brighten up your weekend with this pretty in pink Strawberry Rhubarb Mimosa, a seasonal spring twist on the classic brunch cocktail! Perfect for Mother's Day! Get the recipe @jlevinsonrd.
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Strawberry Rhubarb Mimosa

Brighten up your weekend with this pretty in pink Strawberry Rhubarb Mimosa, a seasonal spring twist on the classic brunch cocktail!
Course Cocktail, Mocktail
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Jessica

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup diced rhubarb
  • 1/2 cup diced strawberries
  • 2 teaspoons freshly chopped ginger
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Chilled Prosecco
  • 4 whole strawberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine the sugar, water, rhubarb, strawberries, and ginger in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until everything is cooked down and the mixture is viscous, but not to the point of a jelly. Remove mixture from heat and let cool.
  2. Transfer strawberry rhubarb mixture to a food processor and add lime juice. (If mixture seems too thick, add 1 tablespoon hot water.) Puree mixture until smooth. Strain the puree to remove seeds.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of the strawberry rhubarb mixture to each of four champagne flutes and top with Prosecco (or seltzer). Garnish with a strawberry and serve.

Brighten up your weekend with this pretty in pink Strawberry Rhubarb Mimosa, a seasonal spring twist on the classic brunch cocktail! Perfect for Mother's Day! Get the recipe @jlevinsonrd.

What’s your favorite brunch cocktail?

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    1. Thanks Regan! I am so proud of myself!! Thanks again for the awesome webinar and tips. I made it last night and re-took this morning so I would have the natural light- such a difference!

    1. Thanks Ann! I had never cooked with rhubarb either and have always been a little nervous too, but it was so easy to make the puree. Definitely give it a try! The puree can even be used as a jam, it is that good!!

  1. Lovely~I think this could become my new summer drink! I grew up eating rhubarb cobbler w/ rhubarb fresh from our garden, but haven’t had any in a long time. Love the addition of ginger too!

      1. Yes yes yes. Another vote for how this reminded me of fresh rhubarb from the garden growing up. And rhubarb pie… I would never ever have thought of a rhubarb Mamosa. Now I need to gather a gaggle of friends and make this our official summer brunch drink!!

        1. I am so glad this brought back fond memories of rhubarb for you Carla! And I think that is a fantastic idea re: the official brunch drink of summer!!

    1. Thank you! Rhubarb is definitely an interesting ingredient to cook with. Let me know if you give it a try!

  2. I ‘reduxed’ a cocktail of sorts too! Except you were way more creative with yours! Rhubarb!? Such a fun idea. I actually have yet to try rhubarb! But I’m thinking this mimosa would be a wonderful introduction to the veggie:)

  3. Rhubarb seems more intimidating than it is – it actually wasn’t so hard to work with and I was amazed at how quickly this tart “vegetable” became sweet and delicious!

    1. I’m totally with you – I find OJ too acidic, especially with the sparkling wine. Hope you give this a try and enjoy!

    1. I’m so jealous you’re growing your own rhubarb Sarah! Hope you get to enjoy this on Mother’s Day and all spring and summer long 🙂

    1. Thanks Kristina! Definitely great for a shower – even baby showers since it’s so easy to make a mocktail version!

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