Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

If you enjoy the flavour of rhubarb you will love this unusual drink which is especially refreshing on a hot summer’s day. I'm not entirely sure how much this makes.


  1. Bruise the root ginger with a rolling pin.
  2. Place the rhubarb, sugar, cloves and ginger in a large saucepan and pour in the water.
  3. Bring to the boil and simmer gently until the rhubarb is soft, replacing any water that evaporates.
  4. Strain well and pour into a warmed glass jug.
  5. Garnish with a few mint leaves.
Most Helpful

Wow, this was tart! I'm a bit confused about what it's actually supposed to be though. It wasn't quite concentrated enough to be a cordial, but we found it way too intense to drink straight. My husband mixed it, half and half with some American style lemonade and enjoyed it. This is more like a rhubarb juice. I think to achieve cordial, you'd need to cook the rhubarb, cloves, ginger, lemon juice, and more water than called for until the rhubarb was soft, then strain it and boil the remaining liquid down with some sugar, at least 150g, if not 200g. Sorry about the rating Luschka!

AmandaInOz February 11, 2008