In one of the episodes I saw a long time ago they were preparing for a party and they decided to make Rhubarb Champagne. It really caught my fancy ,and I decided there and then that I would certainly try it one day.
I have been unable to track down the original recipe but found one on a forum for self sufficiency that I belong to that was very similiar in ingredients and method from what I could recall.
We picked the rhubarb ,removed the leaves and washed and trimmed the stems.We then cut it up into small pieces.I made a double batch , which was 1.6 kgs chopped rhubarb.
The recipe then calls for 2 cut up lemons with the pips removed. I had no lemons so used bottled lemon juice to equal roughly the same amount.
Next the bottles have to be filled, I had collected plastic bottles with screw caps as I have had explosions in the past from ginger beer in glass bottles and have learnt my lesson painfully.
I keep them in this plastic tub so that if the plastic bottles do rupture from the pressure as least some of it will be contained.
Our first batch has been sitting for about 3 weeks, so we decided to give it a little try.
A delicate soft pink ,lightly bubbly ,mildly alcoholic jewel in a glass.
It has a lovely gentle rhubarb taste(as you would expect) but not over powering.
The second batch was bottled four days ago and I have already had to start releasing gas as this lot is bubbling frantically, it appears to be a much stronger batch at this point.
My daughter is coming to visit this week so I will get her opinion on my little experiment.She has the Apple Pie Moonshine and this to sample.
I think it will be a lovely summertime drink to have in the Christmas holidays, Brian tried it and said it wasn't bad(that means quite good). Although he did look quite funny with a pink flute in hand instead of his normal beer or red wine..
So, until we meet again, to everyone a happy goodnight.