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
- 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.
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...