Rhubarb Gin Cocktails

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Rhubarb gin cocktails

Rhubarb Gin Cocktails

Back in April, I made a batch of home-made Rhubarb Gin.  I was interested to experiment with a range of flavour combinations and so made several versions:  plain Rhubarb Gin, Rhubarb and Vanilla Gin, Rhubarb and Orange Gin and Rhubarb and Ginger Gin.   It is really easy to make your own Rhubarb Gin but it does take a month or so until it is ready to drink.  If you don’t have the time, inclination (or rhubarb!) to make your own, there are a number of great Rhubarb Gins available now.

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My home-made Rhubarb Gins all taste great on their own but, as I love cocktails, I thought I’d have a go at creating a few using the different flavours.    I gathered together a few willing volunteer tasters and the following were unanimously agreed to be the best of my Rhubarb Gin cocktail recipes.

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Rhubarb gin

Rhubarb Gin cocktail recipes

The method is the same for all the cocktail recipes – pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice to mix and cool then pour into a glass and enjoy!

If you like cocktails, and want to experiment with them at home, I would really recommend that you buy a cocktail shaker.  Shaking the mix of liquids in your cocktail over ice means the result will be properly combined and icy cold.

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Rhubarb in the Garden

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Cuisine: English

Description

This is a lovely summery cocktail which is a delicate pink colour.  I made it with my Rhubarb and Vanilla Gin but plain Rhubarb Gin is fine.  If you can’t get Rose Lemonade, you can use ordinary lemonade and add a couple of drops of rosewater.


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Ingredients

  • 50 ml Rhubarb and Vanilla Gin
  • 50 ml Rose Lemonade (such as [amazon_textlink asin='B01BMBAZ2S|B003JGUS0E|B00XUKANQI|B00612E3PO|B00AKFNWGY' text='Fentiman's' template='ProductLink' store='tastebotanica-21success|tastebotanica-20|tastebotani0c-21success|tastebotani0a-21success|tastebotani01-21success' marketplace='UK|US|IT|FR|DE' link_id='4ca3a3b3-68b2-11e8-a0c1-55ca867c4624'])

Instructions

Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice to mix and cool then pour into a glass and enjoy!


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Rhubarb Gimlet

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Cuisine: English

Description

I love lime so a Gimlet is one of my favourite cocktails.   This one, which I made using my plain Rhubarb Gin,  has a fantastic sweet-sour tang.    To make sugar syrup you just need to put equal volumes of sugar and water in a pan, heat until the sugar dissolves and then allow to cool.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Rhubarb  Gin
  • 25 ml fresh lime juice (half a lime)
  • 20 ml sugar syrup

Instructions

Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice to mix and cool then pour into a glass and enjoy!


Keywords: rhubarb gin, rhubarb gimlet, cocktail

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Rhubarb Martini

  • Author: Tastebotanical

Description

This is a really simple cocktail but somehow the combination tastes quite sophisticated.


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Ingredients

  • 65 ml Rhubarb and Orange Gin
  • 10 ml dry vermouth

Instructions

Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice to mix and cool then pour into a glass and enjoy!


Notes

I made it with my Rhubarb and Orange Gin.  If you just have plain Rhubarb Gin, you can at 10 ml of an orange liqueur (such as Cointreau).

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Rhubarb and Ginger Warmer

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Cuisine: English

Description

The  “warmer” in the title refers to the heat from the ginger –  I still make it icy cold in the cocktail shaker! 


Scale

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Rhubarb and Ginger Gin
  • 50 ml ginger wine (such as Crabbies)

Instructions

Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice to mix and cool then pour into a glass and enjoy!


Notes

I made it with my Rhubarb and Ginger Gin but it tastes just as good made with plain Rhubarb Gin as the ginger wine provides sufficient gingeriness!

Keywords: rhubarb gin, cocktail, ginger wine

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Rhubarb Gin

Traditionally used to make rhubarb crumbles or rhubarb fools, its sweet and sour taste makes a wonderful flavouring for gin.   Love it or hate it, rhubarb is now in season.  Cheap to buy in the shops and probably over-abundant if you have a rhubarb crown in your in your garden.

In the past few years, there has been an increase in the popularity of flavoured gins, including rhubarb, produced by niche producers and selling for a premium in supermarkets.  I think home-made and traditional is best in terms of both flavour and price, so why not try making your own?   It is  simple to make and, if you do it yourself, and you can play with flavour combinations to produce fantastic variations such as rhubarb and vanilla gin, rhubarb and ginger gin or rhubarb and orange gin.    You may think about other combinations – it is all about producing something that suits your taste!

(If you don’t drink alcohol – or are looking for a drink to suit teetotallers or children – check out my recipe for Rhubarb Cordial)

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Bottles of rhubarb gin

Rhubarb Gin

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 800 ml 1x
  • Category: Gin
  • Cuisine: English

Description

Adding the flavour of fresh rhubarb to gin creates a fantastic drink that is good either on its own or as a base for cocktails.


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Ingredients

Ingredients (basic recipe):

  • 1 kg rhubarb stalks
  • 400 g caster sugar
  • 800 ml good quality gin

Ingredients (variations)

  • If you wish to try different flavours you could add one of the following additions: 1 vanilla pod or 5 slices of fresh root ginger or 5 pieces of thin orange peel

Instructions

  1. Wash the rhubarb stalks thoroughly.  Cut into 3 cm pieces.
  2.  Mix the rhubarb pieces thoroughly with the sugar in a large bowl.
  3.  Spoon the rhubarb and sugar into a sterilised jar.  Leave for 24 hours to allow the rhubarb to macerate in the sugar and   release its juices.
  4.  At this stage, you can add additional flavour ingredients if you wish.   Simply add a vanilla pod, fresh root ginger slices or   thin orange peel (taken from an orange using a potato peeler avoiding the pith) to the jar.
  5.  Add the gin to the jar of rhubarb and sugar.  Shake thoroughly to ensure it is mixed.
  6.  Leave in a cool, dry, dark place for four weeks.
  7.  At the end of that time, the gin is ready to drink!    You can strain the gin into sterilised bottles through a muslin cloth held in a funnel and it will keep for approximately six months.  Alternatively, you can leave the rhubarb pieces in the gin but, if you do this, you must drink it quickly as it will turn bitter after a couple of months.

Notes

Although it only takes 20 minutes preparation time, you will need to allow 24 hours for the rhubarb to macerate  in the sugar and, once you have added the gin, it will take a further four weeks to allow the flavour to develop.

Rhubarb Gin can be drunk on its own, combined with soda or tonic or used as a based for Rhubarb Gin Cocktails.   It is also good poured over vanilla ice-cream to make a quick pudding.

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Rhubarb in jars with sugar and gin - just have to wait four weeks to taste
Jars of Rhubarb, Sugar and Gin
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