Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Raspberry Cordial

One of my favorite books growing up was the Anne of Green Gables series by L. M. Montgomery.  It's a little tale about a red headed orphan who wiggles her way into the heart of her adoptive family and neighbors living on Prince Edward Island. 

I am not sure if it was Anne's red hair or her personality that drew me to the series.  I had a lot in common with poor Anne Shirley.  Red hair and knack for getting into trouble bonded me with this heroine.

A scene that I recall fondly involves Anne, her bosom friend Diana, and a not so common bottle of raspberry cordial.  If you aren't familiar with the scene; Anne accidentally serves Diana a mistaken container of alcohol.  She was supposed to serve raspberry cordial.

Raspberry cordial is a favorite drink in this house.  The boys even partake.

We've had wonderful black raspberry pickings this year and I am tired of canning jam.  I decided to throw caution to the wind by indulging my inner child and sweet tooth with a revered recipe from L. M. Montgomery and Anne's time.  I found this recipe years ago on the internet.  It's really simple and very refreshing.

You will need:
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries-  you can use black or red
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons lemon juice-  freshly squeezed or bottled
  • 6 cups boiling water
  • lemon slices
Here's what you do:
  • In a large sauce pan, mix the raspberries and sugar. 

  • Bring to a boil and smash the berries with a potato masher.  You want the sugar completely dissolved.

  • Strain the raspberries, reserving the seeds and pulps.

  • Add your lemon juice.

  • Bring 6 cups water to a boil.  Add that to the raspberry syrup.

  • Stir and chill.

  • Serve with lemon slices.
I went a step further by rimming the glasses with lemon juice and sugar.  I poured a little lemon juice in a dish and dipped the rims in the juice before I coated them with sugar.  If you are only serving a few glasses, you can just run the lemon slice around the circumference before dipping in the sugar.

The cordial tasted wonderful and let me share a "girlie" reference with my sons.  I really want to crack out the DVD's and have a movie fest of Anne inspired cinema. 

I am not expecting it to happen, but a girl can dream...


Plain Graces said...

I think I found this recipe years ago here


and I have one in an old camping cookbook that requires vinegar.

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