basket of rhubarb on table with bottle of corial, jug of water and two poured glasses of rhubarb cordial

Rhubarb Cordial

A simple to make fruit cordial. Dilute to taste with still or sparkling water
Course Drinks
Cuisine English
Skill Level very easy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 14 servings
Calories 79kcal
Author Jacqueline Bellefontaine


  • 500 g rhubarb
  • 250 g caster sugar
  • 250 ml water
  • 1 orange finely grated zest and juice
  • 1 lemon finely grated zest and juice
  • still or sparkling water to serve


  • Wash and trim the rhubarb and cut into short lengths.
  • Place the caster sugar, water, orange and lemon juice into saucepan and heat gently stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Add the rhubarb and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook for about 15 minutes until the rhubarb is falling apart.
  • Strain through a fine sieve into a heatproof jug and press out as much juice as possible . Immediately pour into sterilised bottles, seal and allow to cool.
  • Chill until required. Serve diluted to taste with sparkling or still water.


The rhubarb cordial will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Nutrition information is approximate and is meant as a guideline only. 


Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 113mg | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 8.1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 0.1mg