It’s cold here. I know. I should not be surprised and I’m not. I’m just not happy about it. In the great scheme of things I would rather be cold than hot, because you can always add another layer. However, I miss going outside and being able to put my arms down (A Christmas Story reference, anyone?) Being that we’re still fairly early in the Michigan winter, I thought a nice bit of summer was appropriate for today’s post. So, let me present- Raspberry cordial.
We often think of a cordial as a small, sweet after dinner liqueur, but, in addition, it’s a non-alcoholic concentrated syrup (also known as a squash.) You can add some carbonated water to a cordial and make your own fizzy soda.
One of the most famous cordials in literature has to be from Anne of Green Gables in which a mix-up involving red liquids in glass decanters results in Anne’s friend Diana becoming quite drunk on currant wine. Oops…Although, I get it. Currant wine is delicious…but that’s a post for another day.
Making raspberry cordial is very simple and easily scaled up if you have an abundant raspberry harvest. For mine, I brought 12 ounces of fresh raspberries, 4 cups of water, and 3/4 of a cup of sugar to boil. I reduced the heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Then I pushed it all through a wire strainer and added 1/4 cup of lemon juice. It’s a gorgeous red and tastes like summer. Try it out with any number of fresh fruits and enjoy a some summer in a glass.