Literary Recipes — Anne’s Raspberry Cordial
Marilla is a very generous woman. She said we could have fruit cake and cherry preserves for tea. But it isn’t good manners to tell your company what you are going to give them to eat, so I won’t tell you what she said we could have to drink. Only it begins with an R and a C and it’s a bright red colour. I love bright red drinks, don’t you? They taste twice as good as any other colour.
— Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
- 4 pints (48 oz.) raspberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 cups sugar
- 12 cups water
Instruments Needed —
- A very large bowl
- Large spoon
- Medium saucepan
- Plastic wrap or towel
- Fine mesh sieve, or strainer
- Medium bowl
- 2 pitchers, or a gallon container
- Clean and rinse the raspberries, then place them in a very large bowl.
- Pour the lemon juice over the berries. Use a large spoon to stir the juice into the berries.
- On the stovetop, bring 12 cups of water and 3 cups of sugar to a boil. Stir till the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.
- Pour the boiling water over the raspberries. Allow the water to cool for 1-2 hours to room temperature.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a towel that you don’t mind staining. Place the bowl in a cool, dark area of the kitchen or in the refrigerator. Let it rest for 24 hours.
- Pour the cordial through a fine mesh sieve to strain.
- Push gently on the solids with the back of a spoon, if you wish, to extract more juice. This will produce a slightly cloudy effect in the cordial, which will settle at the bottom of the storage bottle, but it won’t change the flavour. If you’d prefer a clearer cordial, do not press down on the solids — just strain them.
- Once you’ve strained the juice from the berries, you will find that the leftover berries are mushy and quite sweet. Save them in the fridge; they are terrific served as a topping for ice cream.
- This recipe makes a large batch of cordial, which will store very well in the refrigerator if you use a clean gallon jug. You can easily halve the recipe, if you don’t need quite so much cordial.
- To serve, mix 1 part cordial with 1 part water or seltzer water. If you prefer a less sweet drink, dilute the cordial to taste. Serve cold.
Photography by Jessica Zais Photography.