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Thursday, 24 August 2017

Rhubarb Liqueur

A few weeks ago I made rhubarb liqueur; if you've never tried it then you have to give this ago. I like rhubarb but I'm not crazy about it - Rhubarb liqueur is something else entirely though. It's really really delicious to drink both neat and in cocktails; one of those mildly dangerous drinks where you feel like you're drinking juice then BAM everything is a little blurry and you're telling people how much you love them haha.

If you'd like to give it a go you will need:
5 stalks of rhubarb, chopped roughly into 3cm sized pieces
200g of caster sugar
Vodka (I used one of those little bottles - see photo below)
Grand marnier (orange liqueur)
1 litre kilner jar

Make sure your jar is clean then add your rhubarb pieces. Next dissolve the sugar is hot water to make a syrup and let it boil on the hot for a few minutes. Let it cool then add it to the kilner jar. Fill the remainder of the jar with the vodka and orange liqueur (aim for 1/3rd syrup, 1/3rd liqueur and 1/3rd vodka). Then mix thoroughly, seal and leave for 1 week.

After a week stir it through. The rhubarb will have begun losing it's colour if it's not lost it all already. Stir your mixture every week until the rhubarb starts to disintegrate slightly (this should take 3-4 weeks). Then - it's ready to enjoy.

If you want you can strain it and then store it neat but I couldn't be bothered and left my rhubard in. It would be great as a gift so I'd say strain it and put it in a pretty bottle if you're going to do that but if not then it's finished! I struggle to drink most liqueurs and spirits neat but this is so nice I love having it neat and really savouring it. It's great in a cocktail with prosecco and mashed strawberries, neat with soda water and even added to wine. You could always make frozen rhubarb lemonade if you prefer not to drink as much,


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