Rhubarb gin

Rhubarb gin

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Prep: 10 mins plus 4 weeks infusing, no cook

Easy

makes 2 litres

Use seasonal rhubarb to make a G&T with a difference, or top with soda water for a refreshing summertime drink in glorious pink

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal63
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs7g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0g
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Ingredients

  • 1kg pink rhubarb stalks
    Rhubarb

    Rhubarb

    roo-barb

    Botanically, rhubarb is a vegetable (it's related to sorrel and dock) but its thick, fleshy…

  • 400g caster sugar (don't use golden - it muddies the colour)
  • 800ml gin
    Gin

    Gin

    jinn

    Like all safe alcoholic drinks, gin is based on ethanol, an intoxicating liquid chemical that…

Method

  1. Wash the rhubarb, trim the stalks and discard the base and any leaves. Cut the stalks into 3cm lengths. Put in a large jar with the sugar. Shake everything around, put the lid on and leave overnight. The sugar will draw the juice out of the rhubarb.

  2. After 24 hrs, add the gin, seal and shake everything around. Leave for about 4 weeks before drinking. You can strain the liquor off through a muslin-lined sieve and transfer to a bottle, but I often just leave the rhubarb and booze in the jar and ladle it into drinks that way. Over time the rhubarb and the gin go a much paler colour – this doesn’t look as dramatic. The upside is you that have to get through it fairly quickly!

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Rachael Reynolds
10th Jun, 2017
Haven't tried it yet but how bizarre to have a measure of 800mls of gin.
KathyMolan
17th May, 2017
Have started a batch too. Should have paid attention to the picture - don't try making it in a bottle - doesn't really work - made a second batch in a proper container!
janetinjersey
14th May, 2017
Have started a batch but added some root ginger. Will let you know how it turns out. Fingers crossed!
BearChef50
10th Jun, 2017
How does this make 2 litres? The only liquid used is 800ml of gin and I can't believe you get 1.2 litres of juice from the rhubarb.
Cassiefearnley
17th May, 2017
Hmmm I decided to make this (only 800g rhubarb though, 340ish g granulated sugar and a litre of gin). Added sugar left it for 24 hrs so far so good...looked pink added gin today and it's gone a cloudy grey...any idea why?!? Will it turn pink?!? Definitely not as pretty as picture
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goodfoodteam
23rd May, 2017
Thanks for your question. It sounds as if it became too diluted as you used less rhubarb and more gin than in the recipe. You could add some more rhubarb and sugar in the proportions suggested. Do this in a separate jar and add after 24 hours.
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