My Mum stocks our freezer with rhubarb from the garden and whenever we have a roast dinner, rhubarb crumble is likely to follow. I’ve never made anything else with it, which seems such a shame given we have a home grown supply. So here we are, rhubarb and orange vodka. This may become a yearly thing.
I’ve been thinking about home brew a lot lately. It all started when we bought shares in Brewdog and then was brought back to the front of my mind again when I spoke to Silo’s master brewer. I’m trying to force myself in to new territory this year, cooking new styles of cuisine, reading about the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’, learning new skills. Although this recipe doesn’t deviate far from what I’ve done in the past, I’ve never made anything other than berry flavoured spirits, so I’m looking forward to decanting this and trying it in drinks.
Flavoured spirits are a really easy way to experiment with ingredients. I debated ginger or apple in place of the orange and I’m sure it would be wonderful with either. Imagine sipping an ice cold rhubarb vodka and soda on a sunny day and knowing you’ve made it yourself. There’s nothing better.
This really is just a case of putting everything in a jar and shaking it but those few minutes turn in to something magical. Within a few days, the contents transform to the most beautiful hue of pink. Bottle some up with a tag for a lovely gift or just enjoy it yourself- I won’t tell anyone!
If you’re looking for other really simple recipes to make in huge jars like this, check out the Jam J-art website from Think Money. They’ve challenged myself and 14 other bloggers to see what we could create and this is my contribution.
- 400g rhubarb, cleaned and cut in to inch long pieces.
- 250g sugar
- The zest of 1 whole orange
- 750ml vodka
- Pile the ingredients in a sterilised, sealable jar.
- Pour the vodka over.
- Seal the jar and shake.
- Leave in a cool dark place for around 3 weeks. Shake every few days.
- Pour through a sieve and transfer in to a bottle.