Rhubarb Vodka

Rhubarb sticks
Rhubarb

Rhubarb is just coming into season, and I’m looking forward to eating the varied crumbles, like my Rhubarb and Blood Orange Crumble, and pies that this fruit that is really a vegetable (see Mackerel with Rhubarb) can be used for, I always end up with a glut. This year in preparation for that I found a good recipe for a rhubarb and vodka infusion that I’m going to have to try, although I’m not sure I can wait that long…

Makes 1 litre – Gluten Free*

Ingredients

  • 1 litre vodka
  • 4 rhubarb sticks (ripe red not green ones)
  • ½ lemon, zest only
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 tbsp sugar

Method

  1. Crush rhubarb with a mortar and pestle and place in a kilner jar with sugar and leave to macerate for two days.
  2. Add the cloves, cinnamon and zest and cover with vodka.
  3. Leave the jar in a cool dark place for 3 weeks, but shake daily.
  4. Filter through muslin, re-bottle and leave for 3 months before drinking.

Serve responsibly with tonic over ice or as a base to a Rhubarb-tini

*Gluten Free – Although I make every effort to ensure that the ingredients list are gluten free, you should double check at the time of using as manufactures change the base ingredients of their products frequently.

Rhubarb Sparkler

Rhubarb Sparkler
Rhubarb Sparkler
image: mixedgreensblog.com

Barbecue time approaches and I’m on the hunt for recipes that would add a special touch to a barbecue party. This sparking cooler adds the summer taste of rhubarb to ice cold Prosecco and is sure to get the party fizzing.

Thanks to Mixed Greens for the original recipe

Serves 6-8 Gluten Free*

Ingredients:

Method

  1. Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled jug.
  2. Top off with Prosecco and stir gently.
  3. Garnish with thin slices of lime or lemon.

Serve and enjoy responsibly

*Gluten Free – Although I make every effort to ensure that the ingredients list are gluten free, you should double check at the time of using as manufactures change the base ingredients of their products frequently.

Gin and French

Gin and French Cocktail
Gin and French

The ‘Gin and French’ harks back to the traditional gin cocktails of the 1860’s, when Gin was at the height of it’s popularity in London and the ratios of Gin and Vermouth were equal. Continuing with the heritage theme of this cocktail it’s stirred rather than shaken like the classic Bond Martini, like the Vespa. Somerset Maugham is often quoted as saying that “a martini should always be stirred, not shaken, so that the molecules lie sensuously on top of one another”! I tend to agree with the great Mr Maugham for this recipe.

Although any French vermouth can be used, I enjoy the golden colour and fruitiness that the Lillet Blanc brings it.

Serves 1 – Gluten Free*

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Gin, an export strength (ABV 43.1% or greater) London Dry Gin works best.
  • 1.5 oz Lillet Blanc
  • ice
  • A twist of lemon peel, to garnish

Method

  1. Place the Gin and Lillet in a mixing glass with a handful of ice and stir gently.
  2. Strain in to a Martini glass and garnish with a twist of lemon peel

Serve and enjoy responsibly….

*Gluten Free – Although I make every effort to ensure that the ingredients list are gluten free, you should double check at the time of using as manufactures change the base ingredients of their products frequently.