Rhubarb cordial

Rhubarb cordial

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins - 12 mins


makes 600ml cordial

A refreshing cordial that takes 10 minutes to prep. Use up a glut of fresh rhubarb and make the most of summer

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per 25 ml

  • kcal49
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre0.1g
  • protein0g
  • salt0g


  • 300g golden caster sugar
  • zest and juice 1 orange



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • zest and juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 450g rhubarb, chopped



    Botanically, rhubarb is a vegetable (it's related to sorrel and dock) but its thick, fleshy…

  • 1 slice fresh root ginger, peeled



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…


  1. Put the sugar in a large saucepan with 300ml water. Bring to a simmer then add the zest and juice of both the orange and the lemon along with the rhubarb and the ginger.

  2. Cook the mixture over a medium heat until the rhubarb is falling apart.

  3. Pour the mixture through a sieve lined with muslin into a clean heatproof jug then transfer to sterilised bottles. Keeps in the fridge for up to 1 month.

  4. Serve approx. 25ml of cordial per 100ml sparkling water, or to taste.

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6th Jun, 2018
Delicious. Will use the left over rhubarb in a cake
8th Jun, 2018
Ooh, spills the beans! Where's that recipe? I knew there'd be something to be done with it.
20th Jul, 2016
Excellent with vodka and tonic :-)
13th Apr, 2020
Is it possible to freeze cordial once made? Thank you in advance
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15th Apr, 2020
Hey, Esther from the food team here! You could certainly try freezing it. We haven't tested that in our test kitchens. Id recommend freezing it in a plastic ice cube tray. Thanks for your question!
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Sharon Jones
6th Aug, 2019
Has anyone tried this with sweeteners instead of caster sugar? Any hints or suggestions?
28th Apr, 2018
What is a slice of peeled ginger? That doesnt sound to be very much ....
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30th Apr, 2018
Thank you for your question. You only need a hint of ginger for this recipe so cutting a slice a few millimetres thick is sufficient.
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