Homemade Rhubarb Liqueur Recipe

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I had rhubarb left over from the rhubarb cobbler I made recently (but not enough to make another one, sadly), so I decided to make a homemade rhubarb liqueur.

I love rhubarb.  I like cocktails.  This was clearly an excellent idea.  Kind of a rhubarb version of limoncello.

Rhubarbcello?  Rabarbarocello?  (I looked up the word for rhubarb in Italian.)  Whatever you want to call it, it's delicious.

 

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Homemade Rhubarb Liqueur Recipe

Have a bountiful crop of rhubarb?  Save a bit of that amazing spring/early summer flavor for later in the year by making homemade rhubarb liqueur.

Ingredients for Rhubarb Liqueur (Like Rhubarb Limoncello):

  • Everclear (or other other 151 proof alcohol)
  • rhubarb
  • simple syrup

Cut rhubarb into slices.  Pour the 151 proof grain alcohol over the rhubarb in a sealable glass container.  Add enough alcohol to cover the fruit (ok, yes, it's a vegetable, but it tastes like a fruit when you bake it in a pie).  You can also use vodka, if Everclear or something similar isn't available in your area, but you'll extract more flavor and color with the higher-proof alcohol.

Seal the container and let it sit in a dark corner of the kitchen for a week or two.

Strain out the rhubarb, and you'll be left with some rather awful looking rhubarb pieces and some gorgeous, ruby-red alcohol.

Make a simple syrup with equal parts sugar and water.  Heat, gently stirring all the while, until the sugar dissolves completely.

Combine equal parts simple syrup and rhubarb-infused Everclear.  Stir together, and you're done.

I like keeping my homemade liqueurs in this type of sealable bottle.  I think I actually bought mine at Ikea, though.  

This made a fine cocktail just mixed with some sparkling soda water, but it was a thing of magnificence when combined with homemade lemonade.   And I just found out that I can now get Cawston Press Sparkling Rhubarb juice in the states!  (I fell in love with it when I was in the UK--love a country that likes rhubarb as much as I do.) It looks like they have it at my local Total Wine, or you can order it from Amazon.  It's sooooo good, guys.  SO GOOD.  I'm thinking using that as a mixer would be the most delicious thing I've ever tasted.  What would you mix with the rhubarb liqueur?

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido