Rhubarb Cordial

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Author Notes: If I ever had a signature fruit, rhubarb is mine, tart and sweet but mostly tart, in a good way. And forget about adding strawberries. My signature fruit doesn’t need more than a bit of sugar and a liter of vodka to find its way to agreeableness. I make barrels of this cordial every spring, and give it away throughout the year.eatboutique

Food52 Review: WHO: eatboutique is the woman behind eatboutique.com and lives in New England.
WHAT: The best way to savor the season -- and preserve it for later.
HOW: Throw some chopped rhubarb and sugar in a jar, cover with vodka, and let it sit for a month.
WHY WE LOVE IT: By taking just a few minutes to throw 3 ingredients in a jar, you can make rhubarb season stretch a little bit longer -- and a killer after-dinner drink while you're at it. We also see this mixed with sparkling water (or sparkling wine!) and sipped by the pool.
The Editors

Makes 1 liter

  • 2 pounds rhubarb, cleaned and cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1 liter good vodka, local and organic are a plus
  1. Place rhubarb pieces in a large clean glass jar.
  2. Pour sugar on top of rhubarb.
  3. Pour vodka into jar and stir all ingredients together.
  4. Let this concoction sit for 1 month, stirring every so often to help break down the sugar and the fruit.
  5. At the 1 month point, the sugar will have dissolved completely. Strain out the rhubarb.
  6. Store in the same large glass jar or in smaller pretty jars. I sometimes use little medicine jars.
  7. Serve ice cold at the end of the meal, or in a flute with a bit of champagne.
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5 months ago Tami Wenzel Riggenbach

If you double or triple this is it best to make it in individual jars or can it be done all in one jar?

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5 months ago eatboutique

I double or triple it in the same large jar with great results!

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5 months ago S B

This is the second year I have happily made this special cordial. Love it mixed with sparkling mineral water for the pure, very rhubarb-y flavor...just delicious. Also made this in the winter with cranberries...oh my! Thanks so much for this amazing recipe.

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5 months ago eatboutique

Anytime S B! xo

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5 months ago Sarahjane Robertson

If you make this and share it, plan on making more. Add some strawberry seltzer to the cordial and you have a strawberry rhubarb pie cocktail. Delicious and refreshing.

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5 months ago eatboutique

That sounds wonderful!

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6 months ago Bunnie1

Is it sweet?

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5 months ago eatboutique

Yes, it's sweet and tart. :)

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7 months ago KLD1967

I made something similar to this last year. I live in Southern Ontario and we are the home of ice wine. I used a product called Vice, which is a vodka ice wine, some Grand Marnier and then I made a simple syrup and put it all, with the rhubarb, in mason jars in the pantry for a month. This was one of the best things I have ever made.

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8 months ago Ljone

I too would like to know the maker of the bottle & cork used in the photo. Thank you.

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over 1 year ago healthierkitchen

I'm thinking to do this with raspberries - reduce the sugar? thanks!

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over 1 year ago EvieS

Sounds absolutely delicious. Found your recipe too late in the year for my rhubarb patch but will try next season. I do have blackcurrants right now though so I'm thinking maybe .... Have managed to keep the birds off this year.

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over 1 year ago Chris Oliver

Does it need to be refrigerated while they're getting to know each other, or is counter space sufficient?

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over 1 year ago Chris Oliver

Never mind. Saw the question and answer.

While I have you, though, who makes that corked bottle?

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over 1 year ago Rebecca Vitale

Rebecca is a Recipe Tester for Food52

I did at room temp, turned out sooo well!

eatboutique-- I gave it as a bday gift & also brought some back to the farmer-of-rhubarb; very well-received all-around! Have a currant one going right now. Inspired :)

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over 1 year ago Rebecca Vitale

Rebecca is a Recipe Tester for Food52

I believe it's Weck.

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over 1 year ago Chris Oliver

From what I can find, Weck definitely makes the small drinking jar, but not the bottle.

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over 1 year ago eatboutique

Yum, Rebecca - I love currant cordial. I also make currant vinegar...

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9 months ago eatboutique

YUM!

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over 1 year ago Malena

can this be made with frozen rhubarb?

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over 1 year ago eatboutique

I've never made it with frozen rhubarb but I would definitely give it a shot. I've made syrups with frozen rhubarb and would be very curious as to how this cordial turns out with it.

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over 1 year ago Jennifer Allen 2

If you used grain alcohol instead of vodka. would you add water?

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over 1 year ago eatboutique

Hi Jennifer, I've never made it with grain alcohol but I don't think I'd add water -- I may increase the sugar - let us know how it turns out! xox

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over 1 year ago kfles

This is a great recipe. I just had my first cocktail last night after the long wait and it was fantastic! Any ideas for how to use the spent rhubarb? Mine has retained its firmness quite well and I don't want to waste it if it has a chance at a second life.

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over 1 year ago Rebecca Vitale

Rebecca is a Recipe Tester for Food52

just set this up.... it's going to be a long month! can't wait

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over 1 year ago eatboutique

Sometimes I sneak a taste before the month is up! ;-)

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over 1 year ago Rebecca Vitale

Rebecca is a Recipe Tester for Food52

sounds like a plan. rhubarb vendor at nyc greenmarket asked what i was doing w it... i offered to bring a sample and he made me promise :)

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over 1 year ago QueenOfGreen

Amanda / Merrill - where did you get your lovely glass bottle from? Making up a batch at the moment - thank you EatBoutique!

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over 1 year ago MrsWheelbarrow

Cathy is a trusted source on Pickling/Preserving.

Giant jar sitting on the counter taunting me. How will I wait? Thanks, Maggie!

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over 1 year ago eatboutique

... Wait for me! Thanks Cathy. xox (I have a cousin who likes to say that she's taking in her required daily veggie serving with this drink)

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over 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Congrats on the Wildcard! Very well deserved. Rhubarb cordial is delicious!

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over 1 year ago eatboutique

yay, thank you!

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over 1 year ago Bevi

Lovely cordial!

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over 1 year ago eatboutique

It's lovely because James takes such wonderful photos. xox :)

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Gorgeous color,brilliant idea, congratulations on the Wildcard!

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over 1 year ago eatboutique

Merci - thanks so much! xox

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over 1 year ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Congrats on the wildcard! It looks great!!

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over 1 year ago eatboutique

James is an amazing photographer! xox

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over 1 year ago TheWimpyVegetarian

He is. If he ever gives a class, I'm signing up.

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over 1 year ago healthierkitchen

this looks lovely! How long can it keep? Is the relatively indefinite lifetime of vodka is reduced by the introduction of fruit?

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over 1 year ago eatboutique

I've kept mine quite beautifully 12 months or even longer!