An Anne of Green Gables Inspired Raspberry Cordial Recipe

Make a traditional raspberry cordial inspired by the Anne of Green Gables book series. This easy recipe is sure to delight your house guests.

Anne of Green Gables enjoying a refreshing glass of raspberry cordial.

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, along with a cookie to eat in the afternoon.

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.

Inspired by the beloved Anne of Green Gables, this raspberry cordial is more than just a cool summer drink; it takes you back to the beautiful scenery of Avonlea with every sip. This recipe stands out because it is easy to follow and has a pure, bright raspberry flavor with a hint of orange zest. It is great for people who like the classic story, want a unique non-alcoholic drink, or like the sweet-tart taste of fresh berries in a drink that looks as good as it tastes.

How to Make Raspberry Cordial

This drink is a nostalgic nod to Avonlea and is great for hot summer days. 


  • 4 cups of raspberries, tightly packed
  • 1 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 1/4 cup of 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 saucepan 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 the heat to medium-high until it boils gently, and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Continue simmering for 2 minutes.

Remove from the heat and stir in the raspberry puree. Allow the cordial to cool completely, and then strain through a sieve or jelly bag to remove the seeds.

A pitcher of raspberry cordial and a bowl of fresh raspberries on a wooden table outdoors.

Storing Homemade Cordial

Store your raspberry cordial in a clean, airtight bottle, jug, or mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or you may find yourself in the depths of despair. For longer storage, pour the cordial into ice cube trays and freeze. Frozen cordial cubes are perfect for adding to drinks or thawing as needed, and they’ll keep for about 2 months.

Make sure you label your bottles!

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?

Recipe Variations

Raspberry cordial is simply amazing on its own, but maybe these variations align with the scope of your imagination.

  • Lemon Twist Raspberry Cordial: Add the zest of one lemon to the sugar water for a citrusy tang.
  • Sparkling Raspberry Cordial: Mix the cordial with sparkling water for a fizzy, refreshing drink.
  • Herbal Raspberry Cordial: Infuse the sugar syrup with fresh mint or basil leaves for an herbal note.
  • Berry Medley Cordial: Combine raspberries with strawberries and blueberries for a mixed berry version.

What to Serve Your Cordial With

So you’ve invited your bosom friend over? Here are great ways to enjoy this cordial.

  • Over Ice Cream: Drizzle the cordial over vanilla ice cream for a decadent dessert.
  • With Sparkling Wine: Mix with sparkling wine for an elegant raspberry mimosa.
  • In Iced Tea: Add a splash of cordial to iced tea for a fruity twist.
  • As a Cocktail Mixer: Use it as a base for adding flavor to cocktails, assuming you and your kindred spirit are 21+.

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! Frozen raspberries work just as well as fresh ones for this recipe.

Reduce the sugar according to taste, or replace part of the sugar with honey for a different sweetness profile.

Yes, this non-alcoholic raspberry cordial is perfect for children and adults alike, making it a family-friendly option.

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This homemade raspberry cordial is not only a nod to the beloved Anne of Green Gables but also a testament to the simple joy of creating something delightful from scratch. Its vibrant color, refreshing taste, and versatility make it a must-try for anyone looking to add a homemade touch to their beverage repertoire.

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A pitcher of raspberry cordial and a bowl of fresh raspberries on a wooden table outdoors.
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Green Gables Raspberry Cordial

This raspberry cordial recipe offers a simple yet delightful way to capture the essence of fresh raspberries in a sweet and versatile syrup. By combining berries, sugar, and vinegar, you can create a vibrant cordial that can be used to enhance beverages, desserts, or even savory dishes. Elevate your culinary creations with the bold and fruity flavors of this homemade raspberry cordial.
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Total Time:1 hour 20 minutes

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  • Peel orange and remove as much pith as possible
    1 Orange
  • In a food processor or using a stick blender, blend raspberries until smooth.
    4 c. Raspberries
  • Over low heat, mix water and sugar and gently stir until the sugar has dissolved.
    1 1/4 c. Water, 1 1/4 c. Sugar
  • 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.


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.


Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Raspberries
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 85kcal

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