Maybe it’s just me but as soon as the sun starts to sneak through I have cravings for more thirst quenching drinks, I love water and it’s the main thing that I drink but sometimes it just doesn’t seem to make that feeling for more go away. Sometimes I make smoothies but they only really last one serving, I don’t find they seem as fresh after freezing. This is why I really liked the idea of creating a larger batch of homemade cordial. The reason I used rhubarb, apart from that I actually really like the taste, is because we have a huge bush of it growing in our garden which I named Ruby. We bought Ruby around 5 years ago for £2 as a tiny plant in a little plastic pot and I’m probably embarrassingly proud of how it’s grown! Each year we’ve been able to use enough from it to create foods like crumbles and now drinks.
Obviously, this isn’t going to be for everyone’s taste and you can add different fruits, I think maybe next time I’d like to try strawberries in place of the Pineapple for a change of flavour. It’s very easy to make and the only thing that really takes the time is the fruit cooking however you can do other things in the kitchen while you are waiting for this.
After trying this without any mixer I found it tasted best served with lemonade, a clove of star anise and a mint leaf.
1 & 1/2 lbs or 660g of Rhubard
2 Pints of Water
1 tin of Pineapple (435g full or 260g drained)
85ml or 1/3 cup Sugar
4 to 5 pieces of Star Anise
After chopping the rhubarb add all ingredients into a large pan and leave to boil (this took around 10 minutes). Once boiling remove the lid and leave to simmer until ingredients are all soft (this took around 40 minutes). In total, the ingredients should be in the pan cooking for 50 minutes.
Once the mixture is more liquified and soft remove the pan from the heat, take a heatproof dish or jug and place a sieve over the top. Slowly pour small quantities of the mixture into the sieve and drain all of the juice out using a wooden spoon to remove the most juice possible. Continue with all of the mixture and set the mixture aside to create something else with this such as a crumble, so that there is no waste.
Leave in the fridge to cool for a couple of hours. Once cool pour the liquid mixture into an easy pouring container and serve.