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Rhubarb Gin

For years, I’ve been freezing Rhubarb, when really, I should have been drinking it.

There’s lots of recipes online on how to make pink rhubarb gin, and they’re all pretty much the same.

There's gin and then, there's rhubarb gin


If you start off with a 70cl bottle of gin, by the time you’ve added the sugar and the rhubarb has released it’s syrup, you’ll end up with around a litre of fluid, if not just over that, so with that in mind you’ll need a container that will hold that much fluid, which is quite sizeable.


Ingredients

  • 900g Rhubarb top and tailed
  • 70cl gin
  • 300g of granulated (or caster) sugar

Directions

  1. Wash and chop the rhubarb into thumbs and add to the container with the sugar. Stir, shake and mix the sugar and rhubarb together so that the rhubarb is well coated – leave overnight.
  2. The next evening, add the gin and give everything another good shake and stir. Leave in a cupboard for around 4 weeks.
  3. Using a funnel and a coffee filter, run the liquid into a new container. This is not totally 100% essential in my opinion, but it does produce excellent results.

Enjoy with a tonic of your choice and a slice of lemon 🙂

What gin infusions do you try? Do you know of a variation of this recipe? If yes, I’d love to know in the comments below.

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Rhubarb and port crumble

Rhubarb and port crumble

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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There's rhubarb Crumble... And then there's Rhubarb and Port crumble!

When someone suggested adding a few shots of port to the rhubarb mix… I was intrigued.

Ingredients

  • 450-550g of rhubarb cut up into thumbs
  • 90g of sugar, either caster or granulated will do
  • Approx. 3-4 tablespoons of port to taste
  • 130g of flour
  • 65g of butter
  • 50g of soft brown sugar

Directions

  1. Combine the rhubarb, caster/granulated sugar and port into a saucepan and bring this to a simmer. Keep on a simmer for around 10-5 minutes and once soft, take off the heat and allow this to cool.
  2. Combine the flour, brown sugar and butter into a bowl and work with your fingers until everything is of a breadcrumb consistency.
  3. Pre-heat an oven to 200C – 180C fan – gas 6.
  4. Add the stewed rhubarb to a pie or crumble dish of choice.
  5. Spread the crumble mix over the top evenly.
  6. Bake in the over for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve with cream or topping of your choice 🙂

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The ultimate hot toddy

The ultimate hot toddy

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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I swear by this hot toddy each winter

Feeling a bit cold? Runny nose? Get your schnauzer into this!

Ingredients

  • Juice of one orange
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons of honey (add as much or as little to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons of either rum, whiskey or brandy (again as much or as little to taste)
  • Boiled hot water

Directions

  1. Boil a kettle and whilst that’s boiling, juice a lemon and an orange.
  2. Add the juices, whiskey and honey into a large mug that will hold at least a pint of liquid.
  3. Top up with boiling water and stir until the honey has melted and is dissolved.

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The Autumn Soup

The Autumn Soup

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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A lovely use of the last of the summer produce

This soup is hearty, healthy and generally just very lovely.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium courgettes (or one large one)
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 medium sized carrots
  • 2 medium sized potatoes
  • 1.5 chicken or vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Top and tail, and deseed the courgettes and chop into thumb sized pieces.
  2. Dice the onion, top and tail the carrots and peel the potatoes.
  3. Chop the potatoes and carrots into thumb sized pieces, much like the courgettes.
  4. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan, and fry off the vegetables until they’re soft, add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Add vegetable the stock and bring to the boil. Once boiled, reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the potatoes and carrot are soft.
  6. Use a hand blender or a masher to lightly chop and thicken the soup.

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VIDEO: Tasting Elderflower Gin

Elderflower Gin

  • Servings: 0.75ml
  • Difficulty: easy
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A gin and tonic with a twist

Summer is just around the corner and this is the quintessential gin and tonic flavour you can put together for those sunny afternoons.

Ingredients

  • 0.75ml London dry gin
  • 2-3 peels of lemon or lime peel
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 7-9 elderflower blooms

Directions

  1. Pick seven to nine elderflower blooms and snip off the stems of the buds.
  2. Place them in a bottle or sealable container with the sugar, and gin to steep over night – keep the bottle for re-use.
  3. Use a funnel and two sheets of kitchen roll to filter the mixture back into the bottle of gin.
  4. Serve with tonic, as you would an ordinary G&T – as you like it 🙂

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Mini rhubarb pies

Mini rhubarb pies

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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delicious homemade mini rhubarb pies to help take the edge of

It wouldn’t be spring without a recipe involving some home grown rhubarb.

This recipes involves making Rhubarb Quick Jam for the filling.