“I love bright red drinks, don’t you? They taste twice as good as any other color.” – Anne of Green Gables
In one iconic scene from Anne of Green Gables, Anne hosts her bosom friend, Diane, for tea, and accidentally serves them both currant wine instead of the raspberry cordial Marilla left for them. This recipe for raspberry cordial is adapted from The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook by Kate MacDonald.
- 2 10 oz packages of frozen raspberries
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 lemons or 2 oranges, halved
- 4 cups of water
Put the frozen raspberries in a large saucepan and add sugar.
Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved, about 18-20 minutes.
Once the sugar is dissolved, mash the raspberries and syrup with a potato masher or fork.
Pour the mixture through a strainer into a jar or bowl. You could also pour through cheesecloth and squeeze it at the end. You want to extract all the juice you can. Discard the pulp.
Squeeze the juice of 2 lemons or 1 orange in a bowl. Strain the seeds and add the juice to the raspberry juice.
Bring the 4 cups of water to a boil and then add the boiling water to the raspberry juice.
Let the raspberry cordial cool, then chill in the refrigerator.
To serve the chilled cordial, cut the remaining lemon or orange into thin slices and float a slice in each glass.