Monday, April 27, 2009

Raspberry Cordial

I've long been a fan of Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Anne describes her life in such vivid detail that you can almost imagine what things were like, including the foods and beverages she mentions. Marilla's Raspberry Cordial and Current Wines have always fascinated me. So, this weekend on a whim I decided to try making Raspberry Cordial. I stuck to a non-alcoholic version similar to what Anne and Diana would have had, assuming they grabbed the right bottle.

Raspberry Cordial

Raspberry Cordial
36 oz frozen raspberries
8 cups water
juice of 1 lemon
2 1/2 cups sugar

64 oz container
cheese cloth for straining

Bring water, raspberries and lemon juice to boil in 6 qt stock pot.
Simmer for 45 minutes, reducing to between 4-6 cups of liquid.
Strain through cheese cloth, returning liquid to stock pot.
Puree raspberries left in the cheese cloth in a blender or mash with a wooden spoon to get most of the juice out, strain through cheese cloth, adding liquid to the pot. (Reserve berries for raspberry syrup!)
Add sugar to liquid in pot, simmering until dissolved.
Pour liquid into 64 oz container, add cold water until full, cap and shake to mix.
Keep in refrigerator.


sues2u2 said...

I've always wanted to try that as well. Nice to know it turned out so good.

Becca said...

I had to laugh when I saw this title - I immediately thought ANNE SHIRLEY!! How fun. I also love the books and this is one series that turned out well on screen. Of course I saw Anne and Diana stumbling around in my head as I was reading the post. :) Thanks for sharing, will have to give this one a shot!

Barbara said...

It's sweet so it's definitely a special occassion type drink :)

Becca, you can try some on Saturday, decide what you think.