The raspberry cordial scene is one of the best and most comical scenes involving food (besides the mouse in the pudding scene) in Anne of Green Gables.
However, raspberry cordial has a history dating even farther back than Anne of Green Gables. It originated as a drink from herbal ingredients that was said to be good for the heart and stomach. At one point, distilleries also started to serve cordials as well — but with alcohol. So maybe Anne mistaking currant wine for raspberry cordial is an even more honest mistake than you would think!
Raspberry cordial represents a huge moment for Anne. I’m sure we all remember the first time we had our friend over for the first time and were responsible for entertaining them. It’s both exciting and nerve wracking because you really want to impress your friend. That’s what happened to Anne. She really wanted to impress Diana, and Marilla allows her to have some her of her famous raspberry cordial. Having Diana over for tea was a big deal. It’s a mature and sophisticated event for girls transitioning into young ladies. Diana’s memorable tipsy episode put raspberry cordial forever in our minds and hearts.
Always wanted to make your own raspberry cordial? Make your own Raspberry Cordial with this recipe straight from the Anne of Green Gables Cookbook!
Total Time: 1 hr (Prep time: 35 min; Cook time: 25 min)
Serving Size: 1 (407 g)
Nutritional Facts:Calories: 270 (Total Fat: 3 g, Sodium: 7.3 mg, Total Carbohydrate 73.6 g, Protein: 1.3g)
- 2 (300 g) packages frozen raspberries
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 6 cups boiling water
- 3 lemons
- Put the unthawed raspberries into a saucepan and add sugar.
- Cook on medium, stirring occasionally until all the sugar has dissolved.
- Using a potato masher, mash the raspberries and syrup thoroughly.
- Pour the mixture through a strainer, extract all the juice.
- Squeeze two of the lemons and strain the juice, add it to the raspberry juice.
- Add the boiling water to the raspberry juice.
- Allow the cordial to cool, then chill it in the refrigerator.
- Serve cordial with a thin slice of lemon in each glass.
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