Rhubarb & Elderflower Cordial

I inherited a bottle of handcrafted, small-batch, Ontario cordial from my mother and had no idea what to do with it… until I read the recipe on the back of the bottle. Here’s how we made it.


  • 1 1/2 ounces dry gin (we used Sipsmith)
  • 3/4 ounce Split Tree Rhubarb & Elderflower Cordial
  • 1/2 ounce St. Germain
  • 3–4 dashes orange bitters
  • 2–3 ounces soda water

Add the gin, cordial, and St. Germain to a shaker filled with ice, secure the lid, and shake until chilled. Strain into an ice-filled tumbler, add the orange bitters, top with soda water, and serve.

The verdict: Holy flower power, Batman. This is one bossy, floral-forward drink. But we mostly liked it—or at least appreciated it—as we took sips, made faces, and reminisced about other St. Germain concoctions we’ve tried. All in all, it was nice to step out of our comfort zone and remember forgotten parts of our palates.

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