The best summer drink
Rhubarb season is ON, and for the first time I can also pick from my own plant which I planted last year. Sooo happy with the color too! Rhubarb can easily be greenish, but I apparently managed to buy a really red plant (not knowing at all what I was doing), which I am so pleased with. I mean, how can you not be happy even just looking at this color?!
Rhubarb cordial is something that I learned to appreciate thanks to my friend Johanna, who served it to me diluted with Sprite on a warm summer evening, and it was love. Of course it can be diluted with just water, but I personally like the bubbles from the soda.
If you also have rhubarb in your kitchen I would highly recommend trying this recipe and I promise you won't regret it! I personally like a touch of vanilla in it, but if you are not a vanilla fan like me it's just to substitute it with ½ dl of sugar. And if you don't have vanilla sugar, just add ½ tsp of vanilla powder.
1 kg rhubarb
360 gr caster sugar (4 dl)
1 ½ l water
1 tbsp vanilla sugar
juice from 1 lemon
Clean the rhubarb and cut it in smaller pieces (around 1-2 cm long).
Place the rhubarb and water in a larger saucepan, place it on the stove and bring it to boil, then let it cook for about 15 minutes. Make sure you don't mix the rhubarb at all during this process, or the cordial won't be clear.
After 15 minutes, pour the rhubarb liquid through a strainer and throw the rhubarb leftovers away. Put the liquid back on the stove, add the sugar, vanilla sugar and lemon juice and bring to a boil one more time (it's ok to mix it this time). Once your liquid is boiling and the sugar has melted, remove the saucepan from the stove and let the cordial cool down a bit.
Use a funnel and a ladle to fill clean glass bottles and store in the fridge. Enjoy cold diluted with water or sprite and ice.