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Ruby Red Rhubarb Drink

Rhubarb Cordial

Rhubarb Cordial is a lovely summertime drink made with rhubarb and citrus fruit. Very refreshing on a hot summer's day. Add a splash of sparkling soda.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Canadian
Keyword rhubarb, rhubarb cordial, summertime drink
My Island Bistro Kitchen Barbara99


  • 6 cups red rhubarb, cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • 3 cups water
  • (This will yield about 5 cups of rhubarb juice)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 – 295ml can frozen pink lemonade, thawed
  • juice of 1/2 pink grapefruit
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • juice of 1/2 orange
  • (These three citrus juices together should yield apx. 1/2 cup liquid)
  • Lemon-lime soda (or 7-Up, Sprite, or Gingerale)


  1. Cook rhubarb and water for apx. 15 minutes, until rhubarb is soft and mushy.
  2. Strain rhubarb through a fine sieve into a large pot to extract the juice. Discard the rhubarb pulp. This process should yield about 5 cups of rhubarb juice. Strain the juice a second time to refine it further and remove any traces of rhubarb pulp.
  3. Squeeze and strain the grapefruit, lemon, and orange juices. Discard fruit pulp. Add the citrus juices to the rhubarb juice.
  4. Stir sugar into rhubarb and citrus juice mixture. Heat over medium-low heat to dissolve the sugar. Do not boil. Remove from heat. Strain lemonade concentrate into the juice. Chill.
  5. Pour into large pitcher if serving immediately or pour into sterilized bottles, seal, and freeze for later use. Mason jars also make good containers in which to store the Rhubarb Cordial.

Recipe Notes

Yield: Apx. 7 – 7 1/2 cups (depending on the water content of the rhubarb used as well as how much juice is extracted from the citrus fruits)

To serve:

For individual servings, fill glass 1/3 full of chilled Rhubarb Cordial. Fill remaining 2/3 glass with chilled lemon-lime soda. Stir. Add ice cubes and a sprig of mint, if desired. Decorate glass with rhubarb curls if desired.

To make multiple servings, such as in a punch bowl, follow the 1 part Rhubarb Cordial concentrate to 2 parts soda rule.