Monday, May 31, 2010

Cocktail Hour: Rhubarb-Ginger Infused Vodka

After a particularly overzealous shopping expedition at the farmer's market, I found myself with quite a lot of rhubarb on my hands last week.  Having exhausted many of my best recipe ideas, I decided to try my hand at a rhubarb vodka infusion.   

Though strawberry and orange seem to be the most often-used complementary flavors for rhubarb, ginger is a little more unexpected and will give it a nice bite. This is one infusion I've never tried before, so I'm quite eager to see how it turns out.

Depending how tart the final product is, I think it would work nicely as a summer martini with champagne.

Rhubarb-Ginger Infused Vodka
1 pound rhubarb, cleaned and chopped into 1-inch segments
1 tsp fresh sliced ginger root
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 - .75 liter bottle of vodka

In a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine rhubarb, ginger, and sugars.  Pour vodka over and swirl to combine.  Seal the jar, making sure that the lid is airtight.

Leave jar in a cool, dark place for at least two weeks, swirling every couple of days to help the sugars break down.  When vodka is infused to desired level, strain the solids through a strainer, pressing on rhubarb to extract as much liquid as possible.  After passing through a metal sieve, strain again through coffee filters to catch any remaining solids.

Pour vodka back into the bottle and refrigerate.


  1. Now, don't get me wrong, I like Rhubarb, but as a cocktail, it might be a little intimidating. Anxious to hear how this tastes.

  2. I know, I am very eager to see how it turns out. Maybe it will be ready this weekend and we can give it a try.

  3. How did it go? We are just looking in to making a batch, having lots of spring rhubarb and a wedding to cater for at the end of May...

  4. It was fantastic! Maybe one of my favorite vodka infusions ever, and just terrific as a cocktail (we mixed it with champagne). I am definitely going to have to make another batch soon!