Imagine this: the sun is shining, the garden is filled with laughter as your kids play outdoor games, and you're sipping on a refreshing homemade rhubarb and ginger gin and tonic. Ah, bliss!
With rhubarb in season from April to May, there's no better time to indulge in this delightful concoction. Whether you pick them from your garden, snag some from the local shop, or receive a generous supply from your kind neighbors, the star ingredient is ready to transform into a delicious drink.
Here's what you'll need:
1kg pink rhubarb stalks
200g white caster sugar
1-inch cube peeled ginger
Optional: a handful of raspberries for a pop of pink color
Begin by washing and trimming the rhubarb stalks, discarding the ends and leaves. Cut the rhubarb into 3cm pieces to prepare for the infusion process.
Place the rhubarb pieces in a sterilized jar along with the sugar. Secure the lid tightly and give it a good shake to coat the rhubarb.
Allow the mixture to sit for 24 hours, during which time the rhubarb will begin to release its juices, enhancing the flavor profile.
After the 24-hour infusion period, it's time to introduce the gin and ginger to the mix. Seal the jar once again and give it another shake to combine all the ingredients.
Now, exercise patience as you let the flavors meld together over the next 4 weeks. This waiting period is crucial for achieving that perfect balance of sweet and tangy notes.
Once the infusion period is complete, strain the liquid into bottles using a muslin cloth to remove any remaining solids.
When it's time to enjoy your rhubarb and ginger gin, simply pour it over ice. No need for tonic here! For an extra special treat, consider mixing it with Prosecco for a delightful cocktail.
Now, find yourself a sunny spot in the garden, kick back, and savor every sip of your homemade creation.
Don't let any leftover rhubarb go to waste! Blend it up in a blender and use it as a delicious topping for ice cream or yoghurt.
With this homemade rhubarb and ginger gin recipe, you'll elevate your outdoor relaxation sessions to a whole new level of enjoyment. Cheers to sunny days, happy kids, and tasty drinks!