Rhubarb Cordial

by Laura on May 19, 2011

Definitions for cordials seem rather contradictory.  Dictionary dot com defines one as “a strong, sweetened, aromatic alcoholic liquor or liqueur;” others describe a sweet, nonalcoholic fruit concentrate.  My favorite definition comes from Merriam Webster: “tending to revive, cheer or invigorate,” and is associated with cordial waters.  It seems the most fitting for this rhubarb cordial.  It is brightly flavored, sweet but not overly so, softly tart, and silky.  I had a glut of rhubarb this morning, so my cooking from this single pot actually yielded two cups of rhubarb sauce, three cups of rhubarb compote, and three cups of rhubarb cordial.  I’ll be posting sister recipes in the coming days.  In the meantime, sip on some rhubarb cordial.  It’s made a rhubarb lover of even the most skeptical in our house.  In fact, we’ll be celebrating our Honey Girl’s homecoming after a year away at college with a rhubarb champagne tipple tonight.  It’s almost as pretty as this spring day.  You may pour a dram of the cordial into a glass of Prosecco and serve it with brunch or as an aperitif.  Stir it into some homemade plain yogurt for breakfast.  Stir some into a pitcher of homemade lemonade for a spring picnic.  Or mix it with water, still or sparkling, for a refreshing springtime cooler.



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1 Joyce May 19, 2011 at 11:32 pm

This is so absolutely gorgeous & charming!
I’m afraid to admit that I have yet to taste rhubarb in my eighteen years and this is more than enough motivation to keep my eyes open for it!

2 Laura May 20, 2011 at 9:48 am

Oh, Joyce. You are in for a wonderful surprise. I think rhubarb may be my favorite food.

3 Laura Flowers May 20, 2011 at 11:16 am

Beautiful idea!


4 Laura May 20, 2011 at 12:33 pm


5 Myfanwy Alexander February 23, 2012 at 12:06 am

Thank sooo much for all these awesome recipes. I have such a glut of rhubarb this year but it looks like I have a rather yummy set of solutions!! The Rhubarb sauce is amazing on porridge. Thanks :)

6 Laura February 23, 2012 at 10:54 am

Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the sauce. I’m envious of your windfall.

7 Jackie July 21, 2012 at 11:09 am

Making it now! Sooo excited!!

8 Laura July 23, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Yay! Hope you love it.

9 Tara February 18, 2013 at 10:34 am

We have you featured on our Mouth Watering Mondays. Come on over to see at http://www.noshingwiththenolands.com. Cheers, Tara

10 Laura February 27, 2013 at 8:54 am

Tara, Thank you!

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