How to Make Rhubarb Gin
How to make Rhubarb Gin
The drink of the moment is certainly gin, but what if you want to spice things up and approach your favourite tipple a little differently. You could try it with some new weird and wonderful mixers, but that might just wash away the taste of the gin. You could try serving it in some cool new glasses, but then that would still be the same old delicious gin. How about try drinking it with your other hand? Nope, still the same great taste when what you really want is something new to try for your big get together.
Never fear though, the drinks experts here have come up with something that is sure to wet your whistle: Rhubarb Gin. Here’s everything you need to know to make it a reality…
Why Rhubarb Gin?
Because it tastes great.
We could just leave this part like that, but then it wouldn’t seem like much of a blog would it folks! Simply put, this stuff is dynamite which means you have no option but to try it. It comes with the same great taste and flavour as the classic gin you’ve loved for years, but it brings something extra…something fruity!
If you want to give your guests something different to get excited about this weekend then you have to try a spot of rhubarb gin. The great thing about it is that you can easily make it at home if you know what you’re doing. And once you’re done digesting these wise words you’ll be an absolute expert, mark my words! Let’s take a look at how you can make it.
How Do You Make Rhubarb Gin?
Basically to make rhubarb gin all you need is some gin, some fresh rhubarb and the ability to mix them. Oh if only it were so easy…
The first thing you need to do is cut some rhubarb from the garden, or take the cheat’s shortcut and order it online from Tesco. Once it arrives you’re going to want to trim all of the stalk, cut off the tough hardened bases, and get rid of the leaves because they’re guaranteed to give you an upset tummy!
Next, reach for your trusty vegetable knife and cut the stalks into 3 cm long lengths. When you have 1 kg worth you can then put them in a jar with 400 grams of caster sugar. If you only have 500 grams of stalks then you only need 200 grams of caster sugar. It’s called scaling, and it’s super easy.
Now comes the fun part — give it all a big shake so that the stalks are coated in sugar and then leave the jar overnight. This allows plenty of time for the sugar to suck all the delicious juice out of the stalks and start to absorb it. You’ll want to let this go on for up to 24 hours so that you can pinch every ounce of juicy goodness from your beloved stalks.
Once you’ve waited patiently you’re ready to pour in the gin. For 1 kg of stalks you’ll want 800 ml of gin. Don’t get overexcited and pour bottles and bottles in because all you’ll be doing is diluting the flavour, and no one wants that! Give it a good shake, and wait.
Am I Done? When Can I Drink my Rhubarb Gin?
You’re going to need to wait an agonising 4 weeks if you want your gin to be as good as it can be. But trust me, it’ll be well worth the wait! When you come to decant if you’ll want to lay a muslin over your sieve and use it to strain your delicious new liquor into your bottle of choice. This will keep it nice and smooth and stop you getting little bits between your teeth. Initially it will look very dark pink, but over time you’ll see it fade to a much softer pink. Don’t worry though because the great taste won’t change a jot.
How Do You Serve Rhubarb Gin?
This is the question we always get asked, and the answer is you can have it however the mood takes you. If you fancy it on the rocks then go for it. If you want it in a cocktail glass then go for it. If you want it out of a tumbler by the fire in the winter then you go for it.
There’s no right or wrong way to do it. And because it’s your invention you can have it anyway you like and your guests will lap it up. Get creative and you’ll be able to come up with half a dozen ways to go about it. Now all you need to do is figure out what you want to mix it with.
Which Mixer Goes With Rhubarb Gin?
Again this is very much down to personal choice, but there’s one thing that we’ve really taken to recently.
If you mix it with just a dash of lemonade then you’ll be amazed at how refreshing it is. This makes a great drink for those of you with a sweet tooth that you simply have to satisfy at every opportunity. Another tasty option is soda water and a slice of lemon bobbing away in the mixer. They’re not all that different so why not give both of them a try? You’ll be amazed at how much of a difference the right mixer makes to your new favourite tipple.
Can I Buy Rhubarb Gin?
It won’t be long before some bright spark brewer starts knocking up huge vats of the stuff, but it’s really just not the same as making it yourself. You can make it exactly to your liking which is great news for those of you with discerning tastebuds.
Why not try our personalised rhubarb gin? simply click the image below.
You’ll also have the satisfaction of being able to tell your guests that it’s homemade when they asked you where you bought it. Now, if there are bigger bragging rights than that out there then we haven’t found them yet folks!
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