The Spring collection, which can be enjoyed any time of the year of course, is a brace of Tipsy Wight Rhubarb and Vanilla and Elderflower Vodka Liqueurs. Rhubarb and Vanilla is one of our most popular vodkas, a witty and delightful combination of home grown rhubarb and fresh vanilla pods. Rhubarb has been used as a food and in medicine for thousands of years, and has for centuries grown wild along the banks of the River Volga in Russia, also known as the Rha, hence the name Rha Barbarum, or foreign river. In England it was originally known as Russian Rhubarb and was first eaten in the 17th century when refined sugar became affordable for the masses. Evocative of inter-war puddings and jolly hockey sticks school dinners....rhubarb and vanilla is a delightful combination.
We grow several varieties of rhubarb to give us sweet tender stems from spring through to mid summer. Try it chilled with friends or as a long drink with lashings of ginger ale and we guarantee it will break the ice at any gathering. Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb is also the word repeated on stage to simulate background conversation and is still taught at RADA today.
We pick our Elderflowers when they are at their absolute best, with perfect pale cream petals that shimmer on the tree and last less than a week. This brings out the delicate flavour of this fragile summer delight. The Elder (Sambucas nigra) is an amazing plant, steeped in folklore, producing shimmering flowers in the summer that fill the air with a heady perfume. Legend has it that if you stand under an Elder tree on midsummer's eve the fairies will appear, but take care to stay awake or they will carry you off. The name comes from the Anglo Saxon word Eller, meaning a kindler of fire: this is because the trunk of the Elder is hollow and was often used with bellows to stoke a fire.
Tipsy Wight Elderflower Vodka makes a perfect long summer drink served with lemonade, but for that special occasion try our famous 'Elderbubbles' cocktail, combining our Elderflower Vodka Liqueur with Prosecco.
Includes two 20cl bottles. All natural ingredients.
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