Apr 19

Rhubarb Rhubarb – Homemade Rhubarb Liqueur

As anyone will know who has rhubarb in their garden, you can’t get rid of the stuff. No matter how hard you try to dig up the roots and either throw it away or give it to a friends, it keeps on coming back. Once it has a foothold in your garden then it can be a struggle to keep up with its vigorous growth. There are only so many uses you can put rhubarb to such as pies, stewed rhubarb and custard, sauces, cakes, muffins to name a few, but most people don’t know that you can make a delicious liqueur from fresh rhubarb.


Rhubarb vodka liqueur is incredibly easy to make and is great for making refreshing summer drinks by mixing with sparkling wine, soda water, lemonade, making rhubarb vodka cocktails or just neat over ice.

Homemade Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur

Total time:

  • 1 litre (~1 quart) of vodka
  • 5 sticks of red rhubarb
  • 120ml (0.5 cup) sugar


Wash and chop the rhubarb into 2.5cm (1″) pieces. Add the rhubarb to a large sterilized jar, add the sugar and the vodka. Mix to dissolve the sugar. Secure the lid and leave for 4 to 6 weeks. Strain and decant into sterilized bottles. Store the rhubarb liqueur in a cool, dark place and use within 3 months. You could use the discarded rhubarb as a delicious grown-up topping for ice-cream.

Rhubarb steeping in vodka

Rhubarb steeping in vodka

After the rhubarb has steeped in the vodka the red colour from the rhubarb will transfer to turn the vodka a blush pink and impart a unique rhubarb taste.

Rhubarb Vodka

Rhubarb Vodka (the pinkish one)

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  1. Lyn

    Rhubarb Vodka- sounds like a perfect substitute for cranberry as I cant find cranberries this time of year.

    1. Stuart

      I think it would be and rhubarb is now in season, so you could get a batch ready for summer.

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