Homemade rhubarb gin is so easy to make and such a pleasure to enjoy. Anything homemade is always going to be markedly better, for the simple reason that you can make it your own, and homemade liqueurs are no different. A sip of rhubarb gin is a complex hit of sour and sweet from the rhubarb, floating on a herby base with whispers of juniper, lemon and geranium. And sometimes, freshly cut grass.
I discovered the joys of homemade liqueurs and infusions a few years ago, and have become rather addicted to the whole experience and adventure. The possibilities and permutations are endless. Fruit + alcohol, but which fruit, which alcohol? That’s completely up to you! And the season, naturally. Pink gin, blue gin, green gin, chocolate gin?
So rhubarb in spring and summer, strawberries in summer, blackberries and apples in autumn, you get the idea. Incidentally, along similar lines, I do the same thing with vinegar. Raspberry balsamic vinegar is sweet, sour and so, so enslaving.
Over the last few years, I’ve made sloe gin, damson gin, raspberry gin, blueberry gin and limoncello. And various types of flavoured vodkas, like lemongrass and kaffir lime vodka and this Polish favourite, Krupnik, a Christmas flavoured vodka:
Today’s infusion is Rhubarb Gin, also called pink gin, and something you can get easily on the shelves in supermarkets and off licences. So why make your own? Because homemade is always going to be, well, we covered that right at the start of this post!
There are many, many recipes online on how to make rhubarb gin or rhubarb and ginger gin. Or any other fruit infused gin. However, as far as I’m concerned, there are no hard and fast ratios in making your own infused liqueurs. More fruit, less fruit, it’s a matter of taste. Or vegetable. Because you know rhubarb is a vegetable, don’t you? With a split personality; it thinks it’s a fruit.
How to Make Rhubarb Gin at Home
Good Quality Gin
Get the best gin you can afford to make your rhubarb gin. That goes for all your homemade infused liqueurs. Cheap gin will give you cheap tasting rhubarb gin. That doesn’t mean that you have to pay top dollar, do a little research to see what’s good in your price range. Like wine you plan to cook with, get something that you will enjoy drinking on its own and doesn’t taste like rubbish. I’m happy to use a good quality London Dry Gin.
Be sure to look for healthy stalks, the redder they are, the pinker your gin. however, your rhubarb gin will lose its colour over time, becoming slightly paler.
Ginger has a natural affinity with rhubarb, and if you fancy making rhubarb and ginger gin, just add a large, thick stem of ginger. No need to peel, scrub well, slice and add to the bottle. About 200g (14 oz) will be perfect for the recipe here, for a very gingery rhubarb gin!
I’m going to give you 2 recipes, one for the long term, it will take a month to mature. The other, is for those of us who are impatient, and want everything NOW! In this second recipe, we roast the rhubarb to draw out its sweet flavours, and the gin will be ready to drink in 5 days.
How do you drink Rhubarb Gin?
Rhubarb gin straight up is the bomb! Rhubarb gin on ice is so, so smooth. And rhubarb gin in cocktails? #TooCoolForSchool. Pink cocktails are so pretty to look at, have you ever been mesmerised by beautiful pink cocktail pictures? Well I have! And I’m not even that keen on pink!
If I don’t fancy neat rhubarb gin or rhubarb gin on ice, I mix it with some lemonade (that’s wha we call 7UP in the UK), and top it with lots of ice. Fabulous on a hot day. Some strawberries in the mix is always great.
Are you a fan of infused liqueurs? Have you tried making your own? Well, no time like the present!
Sterilising Jars and Bottles for our Rhubarb Gin
- Turn the oven on to a cool 130˚C/250˚F/Gas Mark ½.
- Wash the jars, bottles and lids in hot soapy water.
- Place the jars, bottles and lids upside down in the oven and leave them to dry, with the door closed for 15 minutes.
- Leave the jars, bottles and lids in there, bring them out only when you are ready to fill. Be careful, as they’ll be hot.
And if you fancy more drink recipes, you’ll find them on the Drinks Page, like:
How to make rhubarb gin, a complex drink of sour and sweet from the rhubarb, floating on a herby base, with whispers of juniper, lemon and geranium. And sometimes, freshly cut grass. You will need 4 weeks of infusion time for the first recipe, and 5 days for the second.
1 shot = 1 serving = 25 ml = 1 fluid oz
How to Make Rhubarb Gin (with ginger, if you like)
How to make rhubarb gin, a complex drink of sour and sweet from the rhubarb, floating on a herby base, with whispers of juniper, lemon and geranium. And sometimes, freshly cut grass.
You will need 4 weeks of infusion time for the first recipe, and 5 days for the second. 1 shot = 1 serving = 25 ml = 1 fluid oz