The trouble with being a foodie is that you’re always looking out for new ideas – and this week Instagram came up with the goods – or at least I think they did – I have to wait for a month to see whether this latest one pans out. But truly, a combo of early Rhubarb, sugar and Gin – what could possibly go wrong? As it turns out, nothing at all!
The Instagram recipe came at an opportune moment as the beautiful Sloe gin I’d made for Christmas had vanished like the morning mist. (No, I didn’t drink it all, I just gave a ridiculous amount of it away.. and then I/we drank what little was left – it was so delicious in our Prosecco on New Year’s Eve I can hardly bear Prosecco without it now! )
This Rhubarb Gin sounds like a perfect Summer alternative, but as I say, it takes a month to make, so you’d better get started now! The skinny, pale pink stalks of early rhubarb won’t last forever either, so sooner rather than later is my advice.
- A sterilized 1 litre Kilner jar (or two 500ml, or whatever you’ve got)
- 500g of very young or Champagne Rhubarb (that’s just what it’s called), washed and chopped
- 200g golden caster sugar
- 1 litre bottle of Gin – the best you can afford
- 1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract (optional)
- Wash, dry and chop the rhubarb, discard the leaves.
- Put the rhubarb into the Kilner jar – it should fill it about 2/3rd full
- Add the sugar.
- Add the gin until the jar is full but not over flowing.
- Close the lid carefully and give it an experimental shake to make sure it’s properly sealed.
- After a month, strain it through a jelly bag or a piece of muslin into a jug,(I used paper coffee filters and strained it twice) then decant it into your chosen bottles.
- It will be a delicate pink shade – taste it for sweetness and add some simple sugar syrup If you think you’d like it sweeter.
- Serve with Prosecco, or with Elderflower Tonic and ice for a long summer drink.
- The recipe above was looking so good that I bought some more rhubarb to try a variation – Rhubarb and Ginger Gin – a favourite combination of mine.