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A lighter shade of pink, this jammy treat is tart and sweet. A new rhubarb gin liqueur lusciously ripe for summer drinking.

Put aside, for one evening at least, your pastel pink rosé. If you fancy a nip of the pale stuff, then may I recommend English Rhubarb Gin Liqueur? It’s a lighter shade of pale, and it’s so pretty. Yes, the gin renaissance continues to boom, with distillers continuing to add new flavours and aromas. Over the border in Essex, Wilkin & Sons, purveyors of Tiptree jam, have also joined the botanicals brigade. Their fruit gins range from brightly popping Little Scarlet Strawberry to the English Damson and now this:

Uncork the bottle and inhale. What do you get? Sweetness. Tartness. Crumbliness. The aroma is of rhubarb crumble. And rhubarb and custard sweets. And gin. I want to jump in. I first tasted Tiptree’s rhubarb gin at a wonderful summer party at Sopwell House. Tiptree also brought the gin to the recent Game Fair at Hatfield House, where it was stupendously well received. Wilkin & Sons is a family business based in Tiptree, Essex and famous for their jams but they also produce a host of other delights. They work with a local company, Hayman’s gin, and rest their own fruit in a traditional London Dry Gin to create the liqueurs.

You can drink the rhubarb gin liqueur neat over ice, or top up with prosecco for rhububbles. I had a hunch that Adam, the rather marvellous and award winning bartender at my local, The White Hart in Welwyn, would be pleased to try a new gin, so I popped in the other evening, gin bottle in hand.

Adam rose to the challenge. He uncorked the bottle and declared it ‘rhubarb forward’. After much discussion about rhubarb and custard sweets and crumble and vanilla custard and all sorts, he disappeared into the kitchen, and came back with some white chocolate crumb. Other, more secret ingredients were added, along with vanilla vodka. The result, was this stunningly beautiful rhubarb crumble cocktail. I have to admit that it didn’t last long. It was delicious! But of course if you’re consuming this gin at home, you might find it easier to mix with prosecco for a quicker result. But it’s worth mentioning that Friday and Saturday cocktails at The White Hart are now quite the thing.

Rhubarb Crumble Cocktail, created by Adam, The White Hart, Welwyn

English Rhubarb Gin Liqueur by Wilkin & Sons Ltd. £19.99.    The White Hart

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