We were racking our brains with what to do with a two week supply of rhubarb delivered recently by our box scheme. They were slowing turning a pale grey when today inspiration hit. Rhubarb cordial… and what is more is that it is remarkably easy to make.
- 600g of fresh rhubarb
- Juice of 2 lemons (we cannot buy lemons so substituted for 3tbs of Jif lemon, which actually works just as well)
- 300g of sugar
Basically the method is pretty simple. Simply chop the rhubarb and throw it in a big pan and cover with water. Let the rhubarb simmer for about 30 minutes and leave to cool.
Once cool enough to handle take a sheet of muslin, or in our case a bit of old bed sheet, and strain the rhubarb mixture through it into a large bowl. This stage requires you to hand the muslin and leave the mixture to filter through over about an hour.
Next, take the filtered liquor and put it back into the pan. Add the sugar and lemon juice and heat slowly until the sugar is dissolved. Do not allow the mixture to boil.
While your mix is on the heat take the time to sterilise a litre bottle. We simply heated a glass bottle with a swing top lid in the oven, but you could equally make up a solution of Milton and soak a plastic bottle for 20 minutes or so. If you choose to heat a glass bottle when you have filled the bottle allow the finished cordial to cool upside down in the bottle. This helps sterilise the lid.
If you want to store the cordial for some time you could add a 55g of citric acid and half the amount of lemon juice.
The cordial should dilute to about 1/3 and is fantastic with sparkling water!