Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Anne of Green Gables Berry Cordial

"I love bright red drinks, don't you? They taste twice as good as any other color." - Anne of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery

Nothing is quite as refreshing or better tasting than homemade berry cordial. This recipe comes from the Anne of Green Gables Cookbook by Kate Macdonald. It was one of my favorite recipes to make with my mom when I was little. It's also good to make during (or store until) the winter for sore throats.

the dark cordial is blackberry, the light one is strawberry.

  •  2 packages of frozen unsweetened raspberries or blackberries
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 2 lemons
  •  Large saucepan
  • Measuring spoons
  • Wooden spoon
  • Potato masher
  • Wire strainer

Put the unthawed berries into the saucepan and add sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring once in a while, for 20-25 minutes, until all the sugar has dissolved. With the potato masher, mash the berries and syrup thoroughly. Pour mixture through the strainer, making sure you extract all the juice. Discard the pulp. Squeeze the 2 lemons and strain the juice. Add it to the berry juice. Boil 4 cups of water and add it to the berry juice. Let the cordial cool before serving.

A nice storing idea is to find a store or market that sells French Lemonade in the glass bottles with attached stoppers. After the bottles are empty, wash them in hot water and dish soap and rinse thoroughly (peel off the labels as well). Using a funnel, carefully pour the cordial into the bottles. You can double the recipe, which fills about three lemonade bottles.

Enjoy, and be careful not to mistake it for currant wine, like Anne and Diana!

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