No.61 Rhubarb Cordial

This is my first experiment with cordial making and I was surprised how simple it was. There is a satisfying process to making cordial from the chopping to the sieving. It works well warm, or served with lemonade and ginger beer.

One word of warning is the that you really need pink rhubarb. Try to get stalks that are as red as possible and smaller stalks are great here too. This is the key to getting the cordial pink .


Makes: 1 litre of cordialĀ 

Time: 30 minutes

1kg of Rhubarb

600g of caster sugar

600ml of water

50ml of lemon juice


  1. Dice the rhubarb into small chunks,
  2. Add boiling water to a large stockpot and add sugar. Bring to boil.
  3. Add the rhubarb and cook for 10-15 minutes until tender and falling apart. Add the lemon juice and mix.
  4. Set up a large bowl and a sieve. Pour the rhubarb mixture through the sieve.
  5. Empty the sieve and re-sieve the liquid.
  6. Bottle.

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