rhubarb bitters

sticks of rhubarb for making rhubarb bitters

As I’ve mentioned before, my favourite soft drink is Lemon Lime Bitters (made with the juice of a lime, a glug of home made lemon squash, soda water and a good dash of bitters) and so I thought it would be fun to try out some different bitters.

Rhubarb Bitters are subtly aromatic and as well as using in Lemon Lime Bitters they can be diluted (roughly 1:15) with water or soda water. This version isn’t very concentrated, so each glassful will contain slightly more alcohol than if you were using commercial bitters.

Rhubarb Bitters Recipe

rhubarb bitters

300g chopped rhubarb
1 cinnamon stick
5 coriander seeds
zest of an orange
zest of a grapefruit
350 ml vodka
160 ml water
40 g sugar

Put the chopped rhubarb, cinnamon stick and coriander seeds into a large jar.
Use a potato peeler to remove the zest of the orange and grapefruit and add to jar.
Pour in the vodka, screw on the lid and give everything a good shake.
Leave in a cool place for 3 weeks, giving the jar a good shake whenever you remember.
Heat the sugar and water in a saucepan, stirring until the sugar has dissolved and when it’s cooled, add to the strained rhubarb liquid.