There’s a bottle half full of raspberry cordial that was left over from the church social the other night. It’s on the second shelf of the sitting-room closet and you and Diana can have it if you like, and a cookie to eat with it along in the afternoon.” —Anne of Green Gables
Is there anything more magical than the world of Anne with an e? I have very fond memories of watching the movies over and over again. When my mom harvested about a billion raspberries this year, she began thinking back to the movies and wondered how one goes about making the delicious cordial they mention. Being a good daughter (possibly with the wild and untamed nature of Anne), I was on a mission to learn how to make raspberry cordial.
- 4 c. Raspberries (tightly packed)
- 1 1/4 c. Water
- 1 1/4 c. Sugar
- 1 Orange
Peel the orange and remove as much pith (the white stuff) as possible. Too much pith will make your cordial bitter. Snack on the orange and set the peels aside for the cordial.
In a food processor or using a stick blender, blend raspberries until smooth.
In a sauce pan over low heat, mix water and sugar and gently stir until the sugar has dissolved. Once the sugar has dissolved, add in the orange peels. Raise heat to medium-high until it boils gently and then reduce heat to a simmer. Continue simmering for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in the raspberry puree. Allow the cordial to cool completely and then strain through a sieve or jelly bag to remove seeds.
Store in a bottle, small jug, or mason jar for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. You can also freeze it in ice cube trays. It will stay good for about 2 months frozen.
Anne, you certainly have a genius for getting into trouble. You went and gave Diana currant wine instead of raspberry cordial. Didn’t you know the difference yourself?”
Make sure to properly label your cordial.
Green Gables Raspberry Cordial
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- Peel orange and remove as much pith as possible
- In a food processor or using a stick blender, blend raspberries until smooth.
- Over low heat, mix water and sugar and gently stir until the sugar has dissolved.
- Once the sugar has dissolved, add in the orange peels.
- Raise heat to medium-high until it boils gently and then reduce heat to a simmer.Simmer for 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in raspberry puree.
- Allow the cordial to cool completely and strain through a sieve/jelly bag to remove seeds.
How to Use Raspberry Cordial
To make a refreshing simple drink, mix cordial with cold water or some fizzy water. You can also use your cordial to flavor yogurt or a smoothie. You can top ice cream with it or drizzle some in hot chocolate as well.
If you still have raspberries flowing from your garden, maybe you should try out my famous Mixed Berry Jam.