Welcome back to Mommy Maleta. In my post last week I reflected back on my recent trip to Prince Edward Island and told you about the ten best places to visit. The island was made famous because it was home to author L.M. Montgomery who wrote Anne of Green Gables. Anne’s exploits and character are so lively it’s honestly hard to believe that she is a fictional character.
If you are an “Anne” fan then you are probably aware of the blunder she made when her best friend Diana Barry visited for tea. Anne was supposed to serve her friend a drink called raspberry cordial during this special occasion. Anne, however, served her friend red currant wine by mistake.
Diana, displaying more greed than was polite for a young lady, drank 3 tumblers full of wine and stumbled home intoxicated. Baffled Anne, had no idea what had happened.
This famous episode from Anne of Green Gables still makes raspberry cordial very popular with PEI tourists. I was definitely one of them. The picture above shows one of the bottles of cordial I bought on our family vacation. And in case you ever go to PEI, I’ll let you in on a little secret. The best priced cordial I found was at the Cavendish tourist mart.
The good news, however, is that you don’t have to make a trip all the way to PEI to taste raspberry cordial. It can be made at home with a few simple ingredients. I’m so excited to share this recipe for Anne’s raspberry cordial with a group of kindred spirits. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
- 2 12 oz bags of frozen raspberries
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 6 cups water
- 3 lemons
- Place frozen raspberries in a large saucepan
- Pour the sugar into the pan
- Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves
- Use a potato to gently mash the berries
- Start boiling the water
- While you are waiting for the water to boil, juice two lemons
- Once the water has come to a boil set a strainer over a large bowl or container
- Pour the raspberry mixture and lemon juice through the strainer so it will catch the berry clumps and lemon seeds
- Press on the raspberries with a spoon to extract as much juice as possible
- Now pour the boiling water into the extracted raspberry juice
- Stir to combine
- Place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours to chill
- When the cordial is completely chilled, pour into serving glasses and garnish with lemon wedges
I do have one additional comment about the recipe. In the restaurants where my daughters had raspberry cordial, the drink was carbonated. So I think adding some lemon lime soda to the cordial would be another fun variation to try with this recipe.
So I’m really eager to know…How many of you have read the book or watched the movie Anne of Green Gables? What is your favorite part of the story?
I hope you thoroughly enjoy this recipe for Anne’s raspberry cordial. And just so you know, your Anne explorations don’t have to end with cordial. You can check out more delicious recipes on my Anne of Green Gables Pinterest Board.