The trouble with being a foodie is that you’re always looking out for new ideas – I found this one on Instagram. You’ll have to wait for a month to see whether it one pans out. But truly, a combo of early Rhubarb, sugar, Vanilla and Gin – what could possibly go wrong? As it turns out, nothing at all!
Tragically, 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! *Note to self – keep more Sloe Gin for us!*
This Rhubarb Gin is the perfect Summer alternative, but as it takes a month to make, 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 over the sink 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. It’s lovely topped off with some ginger ale too!