Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Summer Cocktails - Rhubarbarella & Chocadoodledoo

Rhubarbarella
Cocktails are not something I know much about. There was a certain bar in Baker Street we used to frequent when I was a student, where a certain Aussie barman gave us half price cocktails when he was in a good mood. But sadly his moods took a turn for the worse when his overtures were rebuffed by one of our group. Other than that, I can probably count my cocktails on the fingers of one hand - maybe two if pressed. However, there is something rather alluring about them and I expect if I had an independent income I'd drink more of them. So when Urvashi of Botanical Baker challenged us to come up with some summer cocktails, I just couldn't resist.

Chocadoodledoo
Although I'm not much of a drinker - honestly - I do make my own liqueurs: sloe gin, cassis, rhubarb schnapps and various other vodka infusions. I've had some cocoa nibs soaking in vodka now for over six months, so I figured it was time to test out my attempt at chocolate extract and concoct some chocolate cocktails. Having used three rose flowers to make some rose sugar, I was left with one glorious bloom. Sadly the weather  was not favourable, so I thought I'd harvest it before it got blown away. What better use than to make rose syrup which would be perfect for a summer cocktail.

This is what I did:

Rhubarbarella (Rhubarb & Rose Cocktail)
50ml rhubarb schnapps
50ml lemon balm tea
10ml chocolate extract
rose syrup*
squeeze of lemon juice
ice cubes

Ran a little lemon juice around the rim of a glass then dipped the glass into a saucer of rose sugar (caster sugar). Placed all the above ingredients in a well sealed jar and shook. Strained into the glass and added a sprig of lemon balm.

Chocadoodledoo (Chocolate & Mint Cocktail)
50ml Mint schnapps
10ml chocolate extract
50ml single cream
ice cubes

Placed the above ingredients into a glass and shook well. Strained into a glass and added a sprig of mint

Rhubarbarella was the star of the show. Rose and rhubarb had already proved themselves as a flavour pairing in the last lot of Nonnettes I made so I had high hopes. It was delicious, fruity, refreshing and with a definite kick - of chocolate as well as alcahol. The rose flavour added a layer of sophistication, or so it seemed after a few sips ....... The colour was alluring and I impressed myself with the sugared glass. I'd be happy to drink this all summer long, which by latest reckoning, ends tomorrow.

Although the chocolate came through quite powerfully, I wasn't quite so taken with chocadoodledoo due to a slight bitterness from the mint schnapps. Next time I'll add some sugar to counteract this. It was certainly bracing, the mint schnapps being noticeably stronger than the rhubarb. However, I'm not giving up on this one, there will be a next time.

Rose Syrup
* Rose Syrup The rose syrup was absolutely delicious and I can see many uses for it, not least added to sparkling water and used as a drink. I made it by adding 200g golden caster sugar to 200ml water and putting this on a low heat until fully dissolved. I added the petals of a deep red rose and left to not quite simmer for half an hour. I then strained the syrup into a bottle and left to cool.

As I have used mint and lemon balm in my cocktails, I am submitting this to Karen's Herbs on Saturday. A challenge I keep meaning to join in, but somehow keep forgetting about.

42 comments:

  1. I am loving your alcoholic experiments and I do love the sound of that rose syrup. I think Rhubarbarella would be my favourite too. It sounds a little too drinkable. There could be trouble afterwards...

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    1. Kath, it's something it would be far too easy to get into, so I'm not sure how much more experimenting I should do :-S Rose syrup is a revelation - so easy and so delicious.

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  2. Love the names , rhubarbarella and chocadoodledoo, very imaginative.

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    1. Thanks, have to admit to a little help from CT on this one :)

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  3. I have some Rose Syrup in need of using! Excellent idea, and I adore your names!

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    1. Thanks Juliet - Rhubarbarella come highly recommended ;-)

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  4. I love the sound of these, especially the rhubarb and rose. Like you, I make my own liqueurs but I've got to stop - I'm getting a liqueur backlog. Maybe I should start thinking about making some cocktails.

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    1. I'm with you on the liqueur backlog Phil, I love making them but hardly ever use them. A summer of sipping cocktails it is!!!

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  5. I remember the days when I drank cocktails - I quite enjoyed them when I was a student until I realised my budget wasn't coping with them and learnt to drink beer that was often free.I'm not one for creamy cocktails so I think I would much prefer the rhubarb one - I think a career in naming cocktails would be great fun - love your name

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    1. That made me giggle Johanna - free beer sounds much more studenty! I'll get CT onto his new career of naming cocktails as he is the genius behind one of the names anyway. I did manage to crank up the old brain cells and name one of them.

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  6. Yes, naming cocktails sounds like a lot of fun! Especially if its your own concoction how fun is that! : )

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    1. Thanks Vanessa, this was fun indeed ;-)

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  7. chocadoodledoo is now my most favourite cocktail EVER!... I love this challenge... must add it to the bloggers diary!

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    1. Hehe, I can see you and the Viking sipping cocktails in that lovely garden of yours.

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  8. I will have the Rhubarbarella pleas. Just in the mood after a lovely day in the garden with 2 sick children lying indoors! I don't know if I trust myself to make my own liqueurs. I would drink them way to often. But, they would make top presents though for very little money.
    I can't believe how easy rose syrup is to make and it is the most wonderful colour too!

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    1. One coming your way Laura. Rose syrup is my new found wonder. Hope your kids make a swift recovery and don't pass anything on to you.

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  9. Wow, love these. Do you have recipe for your rhubarb schnapps you could share?

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    1. Janice, I'm a bit rough and ready with my liqueurs. For the rhubarb I fill up a large jar with chopped rhubarb, add sugar to taste (depends how sweet you like your liqueurs - probably about 1/4 to 1/6th sugar) then fill with vodka.

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    2. Thanks for that, I may make some at the weekend.

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    3. Forgot to say, leave for as long as you can - at least six months, but a year is better. Then strain, bottle and enjoy.

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  10. These look delicious! I want that rose syrup!! Love how creative you've been with these 2 cocktails. I'm sure you won't be lacking of taste testers :)

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    1. Thanks Ros, the rose syrup is my new found love and the cocktails may be making a regular appearance ;-)

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  11. Wow! what a super group of cocktails, I tend to stick to old favourites, but I think it's a great idea to use some of your own liqueurs, well done. And the rose syrup looks divine.

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    1. Thanks Jude. I'm now wondering what your favourite cocktails are? And the rose syrup is divine ;-)

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  12. What a shame, I don't have the ingredients ready now. Would have loved a Chocadoodledoo!

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    1. Well Chris, there is always the future ;-)

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  13. Choc, these are wonderful! I tried making chocolate extract, but it didn't work very well - I shall try again! Do you have a recipe for your rhubarb schnapps, please? Thanks..

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    1. This was the first time I've used the extract - it's not a very strong chocolate flavour, but it's definitely there and smells wonderfully chocolatey. If you see my reply to Janice further up, I have given the recipe there.

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  14. Both your cocktails sound marvelous! If I had some rhubarb schnapps around, I'd definitely try your Rubarbarella :)

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    1. Thanks Lizzy - I know rhubarb schnapps isn't something everyone has lying around, but I'm trying to change that ;-)

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  15. It's always a pleasure reading your blog.
    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.

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    1. Thank you very much Chris, that is kind :)

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  16. I love to see some cocktails on your blog, Choclette! The rhubarb and rose combo sounds just perfect for a sunny afternoon.

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    1. Thanks Hazel - oh for a sunny afternoon!

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  17. FABULOUS to see some summertime sippers on your blog, and even better to see some LOVELY herbs being used too....I love the idea of both of them, but must admit to being more partial to the Rhubarbarella.....sounds like my cup of tea, or should I say my happy hour drinky poo! Karen
    Thank for entering Herbs on Saturday

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    1. Just love herbs Karen, but I don't get a chance to enter your Herbs on Saturday very often. This was an idea opportunity I could not pass by and all helped along with a sip or two of a drinky poo ;-)

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  18. Such unsual ingredients but love them! Refreshingly different!

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    1. Well who needs your tequila's & bailey's anyhow ????? :-0

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  19. Ah, crikey. Those cocktails are literally making my mouth water!

    Really inventive unusual cocktails, thank you so much for sharing them!

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    1. Ahh thank you, Rhubarbarella was the star of the show, but I think with a little work Chocadoodledoo could be up there too ;-)

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  20. Choclette you and CT are a good team!

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  21. Choclette you and CT are a good team!

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