Raspberry season isn’t complete if you’ve not putting up two things, raspberry-jalapeno jam and this easy to make raspberry cordial. Of course, this isn’t your typical Anne of Green Gables recipe. Let me put it this way, this cordial recipe indicates that Anne Shirley of Green Gables grew up.
I’m a huge fan in using alcohol to preserving foods. What it creates is a flavor that is superb, not to mention delicious, and usually leaves you wanting more. For example, Bourbon peaches carry a clean mild oaky bourbon flavor, without the alcohol content due to the cooking or canning process. Undoubtedly, these peaches can be eaten straight from the jar or topped on ice-cream. They are hands down delicious. Though in truth, nothing, absolutely nothing, compares to adding them to homemade cakes or pastries. Without a doubt, not a thing.
When Lola began reading the Anne of Green Gables series she instantly became infatuated with what raspberry cordial must taste like. Her infatuation quickly turned to fixation, the girl was determined to make it. All she needed was wait until the raspberries came into season, which happen to be right around the corner.
As a matter of fact, she made the raspberry cordial. Independently, all on her own, with not one bit of assistance from me. Without a doubt, it was delicious!
For this reason I created an adult version. This cordial is sinfully fabulous. Feel free to have it as a dessert sipper or make it an ingredient for mixed drinks. For example, add a splash into freshly squeezed lemonade will give you an refreshing summer cocktail.
Here’s to you Anne and Diana! You ladies set the bar high for those who are looking to make, and slightly modify, what you two made famous.
- Sugar - 1 cup
- Raspberries - 1 quart
- Vodka (80 proof or higher) - 1 quart
- Quart size Mason Jar
- Add the sugar to the quart size mason jar, if the sugar has not dissolved by the following day gently stir the sugar with spoon to help loosen it
- Fill the jar with raspberries, make sure to gently fill the jar and to not crush the berries
- Cover the raspberries with vodka
- Store in a cool dark location for 2 months, shaking gently every week
- After 2 months strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer, discarding the berries
- Strain the cordial a second time through a coffee filter to remove all fruit sediments
- Bottle in a decanter, swing top bottle, or mason jar
- Berries such as strawberries, blueberries, huckleberry, as well as, cherries and other fruits make for an excellent cordial. Also, feel free to experiment using rum, bourbon, or brandy in place of vodka.
- Though this was intended as a nice sipping cordial, feel free to use it as a mixer. Freshly squeezed lemonade pairs perfectly with this cordial, creating a delicious summer cocktail. Enjoy!
I used vodka for this recipe, but bourbon, brandy, and rum (white or dark) would also be delicious. As a matter of fact, I will be making a cordial using bourbon and cherries next. Or maybe a nice brandy and cherry. Man, the choices!
Want to learn more about preserving the harvest? Check out our book, The Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving the Harvest!