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Thursday 20 October 2011

Cocktail Hour: Rhubarb & Custard Vodka

A little while ago, our newest Domestic Slut Elizabeth wrote a piece on her own blog about making toffee vodka with Werther's Originals. Genius, no? I decided that I'd try the same process, but with different sweeties and chose my childhood favourite rhubarb and custards. Yep, that childish sweet is going to get grown up real fast.

What you're left with is a sweet and heavenly-scented drink. It almost turns into a liqueur, it's so syrupy. But it's delightful. I may or may not be sipping it as I write. Don't judge me, I have to taste it for you to make sure you'll like it.

The main issue with the drink is what to put it with. Tonic? No, the flavour is all wrong. It's already fruity so juice won't work. You could make yourself a rhubarb and custard martini with some vermouth but you'd probably only need one before you fell off your chair. Sobering as it sounds, I'd suggest making this a long drink with lots of soda or lemonade. Maybe add a slice of ginger. It's already got a kick, let the flavour do all of the work.

You'll need:
  • 1 litre of vodka. I used Smirnoff - expensive vodka will be lost on something like this, but you're better than the paint stripper vodka.
  • A quarter of rhubarb and custards.
  • An airtight jar.
Shake it!
  • Bash up your sweeties and pop in the bottom of your jar.
  • Top up with vodka. Keep the bottles, you'll want them later. Maybe soak the rubbish labels off so you can add your own.
  • Stir and pop the lid back on your jar.
  • Give it a stir and a shake (and a sniff and a taste) every so often for a couple of days. It's done when all of the sweeties have dissolved.
  • Pour back into the bottles, add your own labels and give to people as very ace presents.


  1. I'm guessing this will work amazingly with with lemon sherbets too…

  2. Oh and how about a French Martini

  3. you can make something similar using skittles.

  4. Yep, any sugary sweeties - just depends on what you want your booze to taste like.

  5. Oooh why didn't you post this 2 days ago? I've been tearing my hair out trying to find Pear Drops... (where do you get them these days!?). I've settled for Cherry Drops, but this seems so nice nicer!


  6. You'll just have to make more!

    I get my boiled sweets from Asda, they have loads of different kinds.

  7. This makes me very happy indeed. DIY vodka all round, everybody. :-)

  8. Any idea how long this will last before going off? I want to make some for Christmas presents but it might be a bit early (and I might be tempted to drink it all by Christmas!)

  9. Amy - my toffee vodka has been around for a fortnight now and shows no sign of going weak at the knees. I think it will last a while, just give the mixture a good mix before serving.

  10. Huh. It turns out it does work with tonic - something about the bitter/sweet mix I guess. Brilliant.

  11. mmmmmmmmmmmmm ill defo be trying this i love my vodka thanks

  12. Oh my. I was going to visit the old fashioned sweet shop tomorrow to pick up a few stocking fillers - and now I've seen THIS! Goodbye money!

  13. pear drops can be found in any supermarket (the own brand ones are just as good as any) I get pear drops in Asda and pop them into a cocktail for effect onto an umbrella as they're slightly chewy ones!
    The Cocktail Queen

  14. What a fab idea, think m going to do this as my wedding favours! Any idea if this would work with Parma violets or would it need to be a boiled sweet?

    1. I've never tried it with parma violets (don't like them), but I imagine it would work.


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