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.
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
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.