Time for a delicious rhubarb cocktail
December 14, 2012 10:33 AM   Subscribe

What to do with my Rhubarb Schnapps?

I made some rhubarb schnapps from a Nigella Lawson recipe (600 g chopped rhubarb, 300 g sugar, 1 L vodka, let steep several weeks). I've now had it around for about a year. It's a little too vegetal to drink straight, but it's not bad.

Since I haven't made any headway in drinking it, I'm considering giving it away tonight at a white elephant gift exchange. But I wanted to try one last time to come up with a good cocktail to use it in. Any suggestions?

Fwiw, my tastes lean toward gin and rum, and away from whiskey (but my husband might drink a not-too-sweet whiskey cocktail made with this).
posted by pompelmo to Food & Drink (13 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
It might be fabulous in a sauce with strawberries. Something poured over a spongey cake.
posted by bodgy at 10:38 AM on December 14, 2012 [2 favorites]

Best answer: Gin, rhubarb schnapps, and some muddled strawberries sounds pretty ideal to me. Maybe a mint leaf or something?

Cake vodka is a thing and would probably be delightful with your schnapps and tonic or soda or something fizzy like that.
posted by troika at 10:38 AM on December 14, 2012

it sounds like it might go well in an herbal sort of direction? Sub for part of the lemon and syrup in something like this?
posted by fingersandtoes at 10:58 AM on December 14, 2012

Best answer: we make what we call the Rhubarbara: 2 oz tequila, 3/4 oz rhubarb/ginger syrup, 3/4 oz cointreau, lime juice, which is quite delicious. You could sub in the schnapps, but you'd probably need to add a splash of simple syrup for balance.
posted by crush-onastick at 11:04 AM on December 14, 2012 [1 favorite]

Went right to strawberries as well.

So perhaps a Strawberry/Rhubarb daquari? Get frozen strawberries, some simple syrup and your schnapps. Perhaps a splash of rum? A zing of lime. You're in business.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 11:07 AM on December 14, 2012

I've had some delicious cocktails with rosemary/rhubarb syrup and gin (with citrus). So I vote you try the herbal route.
posted by ldthomps at 11:13 AM on December 14, 2012 [3 favorites]

It might work in chocolate ganache (this recipe calls for dark rum, but I usually use kirsch or orange liqueur ), say in truffles (substitute your liqueur instead of Kirsch) or as a frosting/icing for a cake (like Angel Food Cake), cookies, or other pastry.
posted by leapfrog at 11:14 AM on December 14, 2012

Best answer: I second ldthomps; consider mixing it with gin and garnish with rosemary as long as you're not a martini purist. Or alternately, make up some lemonade (fresh, so that you don't have to use the crazy over-sweetened stuff) and add your schnapps and a few springs of fresh rosemary, then filter before drinking.
posted by specialagentwebb at 11:35 AM on December 14, 2012 [1 favorite]

Oh yeah, love a g&t with rhubarb syrup and lime. Yumm.
posted by purenitrous at 12:16 PM on December 14, 2012 [1 favorite]

I use my schnapps for over ice cream.

Is good.
posted by Capt. Renault at 1:10 PM on December 14, 2012

I make lots of infusions, and I drink almost all of them with club soda.
posted by quince at 3:57 PM on December 14, 2012 [2 favorites]

Response by poster: Yum yum yum. Thanks for all the suggestions!
posted by pompelmo at 10:18 PM on December 14, 2012

My favorite summer drink is the Crowd Scene*, which is a slug of rhubarb-infused vodka, a glug of lemonade, seltzer and ice in a mason jar.

*so-called because movie extras in crowd scenes were once upon a time told to murmur "rhubarb rhubarb"!to generate background noise.
posted by judith at 11:27 PM on December 14, 2012 [2 favorites]

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