Rhubarb Champagne

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Rhubarb Champagne

Postby syrah » Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:59 am

Hello All

After watching River Cottage last night with Hugh making some elderberry champagne, I thought I would share a recipe for rhubarb champagne. The champagne is delicious and only slightly alcoholic. Hugh said his elderberry champagne was 4% alcohol. I think the rhubarb is the same. I used similiar quantities with quince, which I am waiting to open.

Here is the recipe enjoy

Rhubarb Bubbly


870 gm rhubarb cut into 2cm pieces (I find that if it’s been frozen it releases more juice and flavour)



600 gm sugar (more or less to taste. If you use too much it goes bang in the night – big mess)



11 tablespoons white wine vinegar (165 ml)



1 finely sliced lemon with pips removed



4.5 litres water. (5 litres gives more drink and if the rhubarb is good quality the flavour is still good)





Mix together in a plastic or stainless container; make sure that all sugar is dissolved. Cover and set aside for 2 – 3 days and bottles into STRONG bottles, seal and set aside for 4 weeks.



Chill and enjoy.



As a variation use other fruits such as plum, nectarines or apricots but if the fruit is ripe then cut the sugar by half or the bang in the night is loud and frequent.





regards

Helen

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Re: Rhubarb Champagne

Postby jessicanorris » Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:21 am

Oooh, this sounds intriguingly delicious! Thanks for sharing this, now I have even more things on my wish list of things to try out!

-jess

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Re: Rhubarb Champagne

Postby minnie » Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:31 am

Hi Helen,

It does sound intriguing... now where did DH put the extra brewers he doesn't any longer use?? ;)

I imagine mango would work, we're coming into mango season here (well late Jan - Early Mar) so I'll try it with them I think.

Thank you.

Cheers, clinking of champagne glasses. :P
Vicki

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Re: Rhubarb Champagne

Postby ellengray » Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:35 am

And here I am wondering what to do with all of my rhubarb!

re bottles (I have never made anything like this before), do they have do have any special kind of top? Screw top OK?

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Re: Rhubarb Champagne

Postby minnie » Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:39 am

Hi Sara,

I was thinking beer bottles?? Would that be okay Helen?

DH although brewing each week, still has empty bottles, he loves it when they're all filled then he takes a few 'years' off brewing. ;)
:D
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Re: Rhubarb Champagne

Postby ellengray » Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:41 am

I actually don't have any bottles at all - I will need to get some in (needed to do it anyway). So in the old thread derail - where could I get bottles and what sort would I need for this kind of thing? I am sort of thinking swingtop bottles.

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Re: Rhubarb Champagne

Postby ellengray » Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:56 am

Also - would you strain this before bottling it?

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Re: Rhubarb Champagne

Postby ellengray » Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:45 am

Oh well, I just grabbed myself a bargain of some swing top bottles from a brewing place on ebay. So here's hoping the swing top will be OK! I can't wait to try this - please tell me it is pretty pink!

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Re: Rhubarb Champagne

Postby minnie » Thu Oct 15, 2009 2:18 pm

Now that's a thought my mango would be yellow I guess... oh what about strawberries... or kiwi fruit would it be green?

Just need the fruit now.
:D
Vicki

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Re: Rhubarb Champagne

Postby ellengray » Thu Oct 15, 2009 3:08 pm

Apparently you do strain this lot - the recipe is fairly standard and all other people say to strain. And it *is* pink!

I can't wait to try this.

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Re: Rhubarb Champagne

Postby Hayhay » Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:13 pm

Sounds fantastic! I can't wait to try it too!

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Re: Rhubarb Champagne

Postby minnie » Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:24 am

Hi Helen,

You made DH's day when I told him about this... he made it years ago and was looking for the recipe. ;)

I don't like Rhubarb but he said it doesn't taste like Rhubarb and has a lovely flavour, better find some Rhubarb I think.
:D
Vicki

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Re: Rhubarb Champagne

Postby syrah » Fri Oct 16, 2009 12:08 pm

Hello all

I use recycled cool drink bottles from my friend. Her daughter drinks enough fizz to keep me supplied in bottles. The bottles have to be able to stand the pressure of the carbon dioxide produced in the fermentation, so cordial bottles wont do.

You will have to filter it before it goes in the bottles.

And yes the pink colour is gorgeous and not a bad drop for christmas cheer :D

have fun

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Re: Rhubarb Champagne

Postby Mojojo » Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:32 pm

Wow, this does sounds great... rhubarb at the markets next week I think!
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Re: Rhubarb Champagne

Postby Huxter » Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:51 pm

Wow ,this sounds like a drink for me ---the alcohol content is a worry though --I'd have to drink 4 bottles !!!! ha ha ha .I did love watching the "English hyphen" making elder flower pop .The series just finished was excellent ,especially the butchering segment --I reckon I could cut up our own lamb after watching that .
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