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.

Bottles of rhubarb gin
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 gin

Rhubarb in the Garden

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  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • 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.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 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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Cocktails in the garden

Rhubarb Gimlet

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  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • 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.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 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!


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Rhubarb Martini

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  • Author: Tastebotanical

Description

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


Ingredients

Scale
  • 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

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  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • 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! 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 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!

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Rhubarb Bread and Butter Pudding

Rhubarb Bread and Butter Pudding 

Rhubarb Bread and Butter Pudding

This recipe for Rhubarb Bread and Butter Pudding is very easy to make and is a great starting point for someone who is new at dessert-making.  Traditional Bread and Butter Pudding consists, as the name suggests, of slices of buttered bread set in a simple baked custard.  

This recipe combines the lovely creamy custard with golden crispy bread and tangy sweet-sour rhubarb.  It is an easy way of providing the classic combination of rhubarb and custard.  It is really easy to make –  no messing about making pastry or sponge cakes for pudding – and should please those who like a traditional pudding and those who like something a bit different.

Rhubarb Bread and Butter Pudding

What you need to know about Rhubarb Bread and Butter Pudding

  • It is extremely easy and can be assembled with the absolute minimum of skill. Just butter bread, add jam and put it in a dish with some eggs and milk. Cook for half an hour in the over and that is it.
  • You can use home-made Rhubarb Jam. I have an easy recipe for this if you want to try it. However, you can make it with shop-bought jam and it will still taste good. You can also make it with other jam flavours. Any flavour would be good but I would recommend using one with a stronger, tart flavour such as gooseberry or maybe blackcurrant.
  • You can eat this pudding either hot from the oven or at room temperature. If you have some left over, you can cover it with clingfilm and keep it in the fridge for up to three days.
Rhubarb Bread and Butter Pudding

In praise of traditional puddings

I love making traditional old-fashioned puddings which can be made quickly from ingredients that are available in most households (bread, milk, eggs).   These puddings fell out of fashion, partly due to the focus on French cordon bleu style cooking in the 1970s. However, they had a renaissance in the 1980s when they began to appear on restaurant menus.   

In addition to this recipe for Rhubarb Bread and Butter Pudding, I also have one for Marmalade Bread and Butter Pudding which is another twist on a traditional Bread and Butter Pudding recipe. That recipe is also known as Osborne Pudding as it was allegedly a favourite of Queen Victoria. It has a great combination of bread-filled custard and orange and slightly bitter marmalade.

If you are looking for another kind of easy pudding recipe, then crumbles (or crisps as they are known in North America) are another good option. You could try a traditional Apple Crumble or maybe a Rhubarb Crumble?

Rhubarb Bread and Butter Pudding
Other rhubarb recipes

I love rhubarb and have lots of other rhubarb recipes. It makes a great jam, compote or fruit curd. It is also great in a crumble. Rhubarb is also good in many home-baking recipes such as Rhubarb Crumble Cake, Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake , Rhubarb Victoria Sandwich Cake and Rhubarb Roulade. It also makes a good basis for cold desserts such as Rhubarb Curd and Rose Ice Cream or Rhubarb Fool. You can also use it to make Rhubarb Cordial and a pretty good Rhubarb Gin liqueur!

Rhubarb Bread and Butter Pudding recipe

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Bread and Butter Pudding with Rhubarb Jam

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  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: for 6 people 1x
  • Category: Pudding
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: English

Description

This traditional Bread and Butter Pudding is given a shot of additional flavour from zesty rhubarb jam.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 75 g (3 oz) butter
  • 4 thin slices of bread – crusty white is best!
  • About 4 tablespoons of Rhubarb jam 
  • 2 eggs
  • 400 ml (3/4 pint) milk
  • A few drops of vanilla essence
  • A few flaked almonds to decorate 

Instructions

  1. Set your oven to 180 C, 350 F or Gas Mark 4.
  2. Butter an oven-proof dish.
  3. Spread you bread slices with butter and then with jam.  Then cut them into strips of about 3 cm wide.
  4. Place a layer of the bread strips in your oven-proof dish.  Repeat until you have used up all the bread strips.
  5. Beat the eggs in a bowl and then add the milk and the vanilla essence.   Pour the mixture into the oven-proof dish.
  6. Leave for around 15 minutes so that the bread absorbs some of the milky mixture.
  7. Place the oven-proof dish in the oven and bake for 35 minutes until the custard is set and the top is golden and crispy.   
  8. If you wish to decorate with flaked almonds, sprinkle them over the top of the pudding after 30 minutes so that they toast but do not burn.

Notes

You can use any other strong flavoured jam as an alternative to rhubarb.  I have made this recipe with gooseberry and blackcurrant jam too.

Rhubarb and Vanilla Jam

Rhubarb and Vanilla Jam

This quick and easy Rhubarb Jam, flavoured with vanilla, is tangy and delicious. Rhubarb has a long season, from early spring through to September. It is a great way to use up rhubarb if, like me, you have an over-supply in your garden.   

What you need to know about Rhubarb and Vanilla jam

  • It is a very simple recipe which only uses three ingredients – rhubarb, sugar and a vanilla pod.
  • Try and use jam sugar rather than regular caster sugar. Jam sugar has added pectin which means that the jam will set quickly without you having to cook the fruit for too long. This preserves the flavour.
  • Make sure you sterilise your jam jars before putting the jam into them. This will ensure that the jam lasts longer.
  • The quantities in this recipe results in one large jar of jam. It is very easy to multiply the ingredients if you want to make more jam. As rhubarb is quite tart, the rule of thumb is to have equal weights of raw rhubarb and sugar.
  • I use a vanilla pod to flavour this jam as I think the flavour goes very well with rhubarb. However, if vanilla is not your thing, you can leave it out and just make plain rhubarb jam. It will still taste very good. Alternatively, you can add another flavouring. Cardamon and star anise both go very well with rhubarb – just substitute three dried cardamon pods or two dried star anise pods for the vanilla pod.
  • This Rhubarb Jam is lovely on buttered bread. However, as with all jams, it can also be used as an ingredient in other recipes. It is a good filling for cakes or to add a tang to puddings such as my Bread and Butter Pudding with Rhubarb Jam

Other jam and preserve recipes

Making your own jam and preserves is really easy. They taste delicious, keep for a long time and also you know exactly what is in them. You can moderate the sugar content and also be sure that there are no artificial preservatives. It is also a great way to use a seasonal over-supply of a particular fruit.

My home-made jam recipes use seasonal ingredients and often have a bit of a flavour twist.   For example, my Strawberry Jam is flavoured with rose geranium.    I have some simple jams such as my classic Gooseberry Jam.

Some of my other preserve recipes are a bit more unusual.  I make a delectable Rose Petal Jam which can be used in lots of different ways.  I also have a Chilli Jam which is fantastic as a dip or with savoury dishes.

I also have a few recipes for fruit curds including a fool-proof recipe for classic Lemon Curd.  Fruit curds are  brilliant cooking ingredients in everything from ice cream to cakes.

Other rhubarb recipes

I love the sweet-sour taste of rhubarb and, as I have a vigorous plant in my garden, I make lots of recipes with it.

In addition to this jam, I also make Rhubarb Curd which is great on a slice of bread but can also be used in other recipes such as Rhubarb Curd and Rose Ice-cream or as a filling for my Rhubarb and Vanilla Victoria Sandwich Cake.

I also make Rhubarb Compote which is like an unset jam made from a simple mixture of rhubarb and sugar. It is great stirred into yogurt or served with ice cream but can also be used as an ingredient in recipes such as Rhubarb Roulade or Rhubarb Fool.

I also use rhubarb in a good old-fashioned Rhubarb Crumble and also in Rhubarb Crumble Cake which is a simple loaf cake with a crunchy crumble topping.

Finally, I use rhubarb to make Rhubarb Gin which is great on its own or as the basis for a number of Rhubarb Gin Cocktails. It is really easy to make flavoured gin which is much cheaper than premium shop-bought brands.

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Rhubarb and Vanilla Jam recipe

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Rhubarb and Vanilla Jam

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  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large jam jar 1x
  • Category: Jam
  • Cuisine: English

Description

This tangy Rhubarb Jam, flavoured with vanilla, is delicious and very easy to make. 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 600 g (1 lb) rhubarb
  • 600 g (1 lb) jam sugar (with added pectin)
  • 1 vanilla pod

Instructions

  1. Wash your rhubarb and cut into 2 cm (1 inch) pieces.
  2. Put the pieces into your saucepan along with the sugar.
  3. Cook on a low heat so that the fruit releases its juices and the sugar dissolves.  Add the vanilla pod.
  4. Turn up the heat so that the mixture is bubbling and cook for around 15 minutes.  By this time, it should be thickened.
  5. Sterilise your jam-jar and then pour the jam mixture into it.  Allow to cool and then cover with a lid.

Notes

You can sterilise your jam jar by washing in warm, soapy water and then rinsing well and allowing to dry off for 15 minutes in an oven set to 140C/120C fan/gas 1.

This jam will keep for six months if the jar is kept unopened.  Once you have opened the jar, keep it in the fridge and eat the jam within a month.

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Rhubarb Curd and Rose Ice-cream

Rhubarb Curd and Rose Ice Cream

This Rhubarb Ice Cream is made from rhubarb curd flavoured with rosewater. It is a really quick and easy ice-cream which manages to taste both familiar and exotic and its soft pink colour looks wonderful!    Rhubarb and rose go very well together and each enhances the flavour of the other.  The sharpness of the rhubarb, the sweet floweriness of the rose plus soft billowing cream is a winning combination.    Don’t overdo the rose flavouring as you want it to balance and not over-power the taste of the rhubarb.  The ice-cream should make you think of an English summer garden – with a whisper of rose-water giving a hint of exotic Arabian Nights rather than a full-on Fry’s Turkish Delight flashback!

What you need to know about this recipe

  • You can make this recipe with home-made Rhubarb Curd or with the shop-bought variety. If you have never made Rhubarb Curd, it is very easy and a lot cheaper than buying ready-made!
  • Although you can make this recipe without an ice cream maker, it is a lot easier if you have one. You can buy a basic ice cream maker fairly cheaply.
  • It is best to start this recipe the day before you eat it. This will mean that once you have made the basic custard, it will have time to chill down before you put it in the ice cream maker the next day.
  • You can also make this ice cream well in advance if that is more convenient. I generally make double the quantity and keep it in the freezer where it will last for up to three months.
  • As with most home-made ice creams, it helps to remove the container from the freezer about ten minutes before serving as this will make it easier to scoop.

Other home-made ice cream recipes

I am a great home-made ice cream enthusiast. I make it in the summer, of course, but am happy to eat it in winter too! There are some brilliant, shop-bought ice creams available but it is so easy to make your own. I like to experiment with flavours and some of my other ice cream recipes are listed below.

Other rhubarb recipes

I love rhubarb and have lots of other rhubarb recipes. It makes a great jamcompote or fruit curd. It is also great in a crumble. Rhubarb is also good in many home-baking recipes such as Rhubarb Upside-down Cake, Rhubarb Crumble CakeRhubarb Bread and Butter PuddingRhubarb Victoria Sandwich Cake and Rhubarb Roulade. It also makes a good basis for cold desserts such as Rhubarb Curd and Rose Ice Cream or Rhubarb Fool. You can also use it to make Rhubarb Cordial and a pretty good Rhubarb Gin liqueur!

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Rhubarb Curd and Rose Ice Cream recipe

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Rhubarb Curd and Rose Ice-cream

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  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: for 6 people 1x
  • Category: Ice-cream
  • Cuisine: English

Description

This is a lovely ice-cream to make in early summer which combines the flavours of rhubarb and rose.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 600 g (1.5 lbs) Rhubarb Curd – you can either make your own (See my recipe for homemade Rhubarb Curd) or you can buy it in good supermarkets or food stores
  • 300 ml (Half a pint) double cream
  • A teaspoon of rosewater
  • A few drops of pink food colouring (optional)

Instructions

  1. Whisk the cream until it forms soft peaks.
  2. Stir in the Rhubarb Curd.
  3. Add a teaspoon of rose-water.
  4. Add a few drops of pink food colouring if you feel the mixture needs to be pinker!  This won’t be necessary if you have already added colouring to home-made  Curd.
  5. Put the ice-cream mixture in your ice-cream maker, process until thickened and transfer to a freezer-proof container and store in your freezer until required.  Alternatively, as outlined above, you can put the ice-cream mixture straight into the freezer if you don’t have an ice-cream maker.

Rhubarb and Vanilla Victoria Sandwich cake

Rhubarb and Vanilla Victoria Sandwich cake

This is a simple Victoria Sandwich cake, flavoured with vanilla, and filled with a mixture of Rhubarb Curd and whipped cream.   It is very easy to make and can be used as a pudding or eaten at tea-time or with morning coffee.   The tartness of the rhubarb goes very well with the buttery cake and the smooth, rich taste of vanilla. I also have another recipe for a very different kind of rhubarb cake, Rhubarb Upside Down Cake, which uses fresh rhubarb.

Other rhubarb recipes

I love rhubarb and have lots of other rhubarb recipes in addition to . It makes a great jamcompote or fruit curd. It is also great in a crumble. Rhubarb is also good in many home-baking recipes such as Rhubarb Crumble CakeRhubarb Bread and Butter Pudding,  Rhubarb Upside Down Cake and Rhubarb Roulade. It also makes a good basis for cold desserts such as Rhubarb Curd and Rose Ice Cream or Rhubarb Fool. You can also use it to make Rhubarb Cordial and a pretty good Rhubarb Gin liqueur!

Other baking recipes

I love home-baking and make a lot of easy, traditional cakesbiscuits (cookies) and desserts.

Other easy cake recipes

I am a big cheerleader for home-made cakes. My cakes tend to be simple and use seasonal ingredients. They do not require advanced baking skills or complicated decoration. My goal is to make cakes that taste delicious and look attractive but which anyone can make. One of the reasons I love home-baking is that I get to experiment with different flavours and flavour combinations. Here are some of my favourites.

Recipe for Rhubarb and Vanilla Victoria Sandwich cake

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Victoria Sandwich Cake

Rhubarb and Vanilla Victoria Sandwich cake

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  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: for 6 people 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Cuisine: English

Description

Creamy with a zip of fruity flavour, this rhubarb cake is a winner at tea-time!


Ingredients

Scale

For the cake:

  • 225 g butter (softened)
  • 225 g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 225 g self-raising flour
  • 4 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • Icing sugar (to dust the top of the finished cake)

For the filling:

  • Around 200 g Rhubarb Curd
  • Around 200 g double cream (whipped to soft peaks)

Instructions

  1. Set your oven to 180 degrees centigrade or Gas Mark 4.
  2. Cream the butter with the caster sugar.  (I usually soften the butter for about 30 seconds in the microwave first as it makes it much easier!)
  3. Gradually add the eggs to the butter and sugar mixture.  If it looks as if it is going to curdle, add some of the self-raising flour.
  4. Once the eggs have been incorporated add the rest of the self-raising flour.
  5. Add the milk and the vanilla extract.  It really makes a difference if you use a good quality vanilla extract – as opposed to vanilla essence – as this will give it a much more intense flavour.
  6. Grease your Victoria Sandwich tin or container and then add the cake mixture.
  7. Bake your cake in the oven for around 30 minutes.  It is done when it is golden brown, springy to the touch and has shrunk away from the edge of the tin.  You can test it by inserting a skewer in the middle of the cake – if it comes out cleanly with no mixture attached, your cake is done.
  8. Allow your cake to cool on a rack before removing it from the tin or container.
  9. Once the cake is cool, slice it in half horizontally (I find a bread knife is good for doing this).
  10. Spread the Rhubarb Curd on one half of the cake followed by the whipped cream and then put the other half of the cake on top.
  11. Dust the cake with icing sugar by shaking a small amount through a sieve onto the top.
  12. You will need to keep the cake in the fridge if not using immediately as it contains cream and Rhubarb Curd.  If stored in the fridge, remove it around half an hour before eating to allow it to come up to room temperature.