Rhubarb Liqueur

I love making homemade liqueurs, they are both fun and simple. Experimenting with different  types of fruits, nuts or even coffee can be a great way to hone in on your cocktail skills. I've had a few cocktails made with rhubarb, mainly with a simple syrup that has been enhanced with fresh rhubarb, then gin or vodka is added to the mix. I thought why not make a rhubarb liqueur instead? This is the rendition I thought tasted best. I chose not to add a simple syrup to this liqueur, I prefer to adjust the sweetness when I make the cocktail instead, also the addition of Solerno adds a sweet flavor. Ultimately this is the perfect liqueur to have on hand for Springtime brunches or the start to an evening alfresco with friends. 



Rhubarb Liqueur 

750 ml Vodka

3 1/2 pounds rhubarb, chopped

1 1/4 cups Solerno 

1 vanilla bean, split

Pour vodka into a large wide mouth jar, add chopped rhubarb, Solerno and vanilla bean. Secure lid tightly and allow to sit at room temperature for 3 weeks. Strain mixture through a sieve that has been lined with a coffee filter into a clean wide mouth jar. 

Rhubarb Fizz Cocktail

1 1/2 ounces of rhubarb liqueur

1/2 ounce simple syrup 

1/2 ounce lemon juice 

4 ounces Champagne, Cava or your favorite sparkling wine

sliced lemon

Combine rhubarb liqueur, simple syrup and lemon juice in a small mixing jar, stir to blend. Pour liqueur mixture into a champagne flute and top with Champagne. Garnish with a slice of lemon.