Gin is great on its own – long summer evenings drinking G&T are a wonderful way to pass the time! But how about jazzing up your favourite drink with some added flavours? If you are a fan of rhubarb then you are probably already in love with its delicate flavour – but have you ever thought of adding it to gin?
To add jewels to this crown, try adding ginger – these two flavours complement each other really well. Would you like to know how to make a rhubarb and ginger gin recipe? Well, of course you would!
What’s great about rhubarb and ginger gin
Rhubarb is a delicate flavour, which works very well by itself when infused into gin, but adding the ginger gives the drink a warm, spicy finish. Rhubarb’s slight tart edge is offset by the smooth gin, while the heat of the ginger shines through and brings all the flavours together.
The added sugar adds a touch of sweetness, making this drink ideal for those who like a drink which is tasty, fruity and not bitter. This drink is perfect for cold winter evenings or long summer days – you can drink it all year round and it will still taste delicious!
It goes really well with tonic, as a normal gin does, or you can add other flavours such as lime cordial or ginger beer. Another great thing about this drink is the colour. The rhubarb brings a beautiful floral pink tinge, which will look lovely in your drinks cabinet.
If you are starting to think about Christmas, or looking for an unusual birthday present for a gin loving friend, why not gift them a bottle of your home made booze? Everyone loves home made gifts, and this is one that will go down particularly well!
How to make rhubarb and ginger gin recipe
This is a ridiculously easy recipe to make, and one that is very rewarding (as long as you like rhubarb, ginger and gin, that it!)
There is no cooking required; just a little bit of prep, and finishing it off is very low maintenance. The hardest part will be waiting for the drink to be ready!
Here’s how to do it.
- 1kg rhubarb stalks
- 2-3 inches of fresh ginger
- 400g castor sugar
- 800ml of gin
- Select the freshest rhubarb you can, for maximum flavour.
- The gin should be a neutral, mid range one – don’t go for one that already has flavours in, and don’t worry if it is not the highest quality.
- Wash and sterilise the bottle or jar you are using to make your gin (wash it with hot soapy water, then swill it out with boiling water or place it into a pre heated oven for 10 minutes).
- Cut the rhubarb to 2-3cm lengths and cut the ginger into cubes (you don’t have to peel it is you don’t want to).
- Add the rhubarb, ginger and sugar to your large bottle or jar, shake it around vigorously to combine, then seal the lid and leave it overnight.
- After 24 hours add the gin, reseal the jar, and shake again.
- Leave the mixture to steep for two to three weeks, shaking daily to allow the flavours to infuse.
- Taste it after a fortnight and decide if you want a stronger flavour – if so then leave it for another week.
- When it tastes right, strain out the solids from the gin and bottle. Enjoy at your leisure!
If you like a more visual instruction, this video will how you how to make this delicious drink:
How to drink the rhubarb and ginger gin
You can, of course, drink this delicious infusion neat. It has enough sweetness and fruity flavours to make this quite palatable, but you will probably find that it works best with some sort of mixer, to dilute the sweetness somewhat.
You can also drink it over ice, which will dilute the strength and the flavours – and the coldness will actually bring out the flavours of the gin.
The standard tonic mixer works very well with this drink, and adds a burst of fizziness which lifts the whole experience.
You can also pair it with plain soda water, for those who want to remove some of the sweetness and add a nice sparkling mixer.
If you’re having a celebration day or fancy a party, you can add a splash of your ginger and rhubarb gin to a glass of Prosecco – just remember that this combination is quite alcoholic!
If you feel your drink needs some extra heat, you can mix it with ginger beer – the fizz will be refreshing, and this is a nice warming drink for a cool evening.
- Read also: What To Make With Rhubarb?
Rhubarb and ginger are a match made in heaven. The tart, fruity flavour of the rhubarb is accentuated by the fiery warmth of the ginger – and adding them both to gin is another whole level of deliciousness.
As you can see, how to make rhubarb and ginger gin recipe is very easy, cheap, and rewarding – give it a try today, and you will enjoy this fruity, warming drink (if you can wait a few weeks, that is!) in your garden bar.
If you can bear to, you can also gift it to friends or relatives, and enjoy the look on their face when they receive your home made gift.