Spoon’s Rhubodka Recipe

Today on Twitter, the perennial rhubarb topic — ie. what to do with all this rhubarb — came up. Here’s a recipe I picked up from a man called spoon which may help:

I’ve mentioned this before, but just in case…. Rhumember kids:

  • 1 empty 2 litre bottle
  • 4 or 5 sticks of pink rhubarb
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 1 litre of vodka

Cut the rhubarb into inch chunks and put them into the empty bottle until it is not empty any more and you have run out of rhubarb.

Add the sugar

Add the Vodka

Shake vigorously

Leave to stand in a dark corner for maybe 4 weeks or until you can’t wait any longer. You should certainly wait until all the sugar has gone. The longer you leave it the more Rhubarby goodness will be pulled out by the sugar.

Strain all the rhubarb out.



It sounds awful, but instead of being that, it is fucking awesome.

I have a bottle of this stewing away on top of my kitchen cabinet. It should be ready just in time to toast the arrival of child #2 ;)

PS: “rhubodka” is a googlewhack!

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  1. ben
    Posted May 16, 2009 at 00:49 | Permalink

    “Rabarbacello” would fit the pattern set by our Italian friends.

  2. Posted May 20, 2009 at 16:09 | Permalink

    Heard of a similar recipe for BlackBerry Gin the other night: – stuff as many blackberries as you can into the empty 2-litre bottle – insert 1 litre of gin – you don’t nearly as much sugar though apparently (lets go with 25g) – shake, store, etc as above

    Think blackberry season is august/september – roll on!

  3. Alex
    Posted May 31, 2009 at 19:31 | Permalink

    BlackBerry? Can think of other more violent ends for my phone.

    RHUBODKA sounds good though. I’ve had more than one unsuccessful attempt at Vodka watermelon. Ends up just being an odd shaped shot glass.