Raspberry Cordial

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I am not much of an Internet surfer. I check my FB account, read my favorite blogs and email all in the span of 10 minutes or so a day. Unfortunately my computer time has increased a bit more lately thanks to Foodgawker. Have you been over that way yet?

A few days ago I spotted a recipe for Raspberry Cordial ( you know, that tasty drink Anne's bosom friend Diana accidentally got drunk on there in Green Gables?) Raspberries are out of season here in Lexington but that didn't keep me from buying a big container of them from Sam's Club this week.
I spent some time looking at various recipes online. Some called for macerated berries boiled down with sugar and some even called for raspberry jam. I stuck with the original recipe I had found but tweaked it based on what I had on hand. I imagine the amount of sugar, berries and liquor can be altered a bit with the same basic outcome. Here's hoping, at least!I should know in 3 months.

I am already planning to bring out the cordial on Christmas Eve after the boys have gone to bed. Sipping it slowly or maybe mixing it with a bit of champagne in front of a crackling fire? We can work out those details later. For now, its tucked away in the furthest corner of my spice cabinet awaiting its debut.

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Raspberry Cordial

1 large wide mouth Mason Jar (not sure on the size, it measures 6.5 inches tall)
12 ounces Fresh Raspberries
1 cup Sugar
Distilled Water

Place the jar and seal in a hot water bath on the stove and sterilize it that way.
Clean the berries. After the jar is sterilized layer the ingredients in the jar. Sugar first, berries second. Add vodka until the jar is 3/4 full. Top with distilled water. Do not stir.
Place the lid on the jar and store it in a cool, dark place and enjoy in three months.


  1. Ooooo I'm gonna try this one! Thanks for the recipe and the trip down memory lane... I ADORE Anne of GG. Have you read the Emily series??? Even better.

  2. I have some local raspberries in the freezer, and I may just have to make some of this! :-) And I loooooove Anne of Green Gables!

  3. You better call me when you crack this puppy open!

  4. Yum! Can’t wait to see how this turns out. I also love that you referenced Anne of Green Gables! Even though summer is coming to a close, you might enjoy this recipe for Raspberry Mint Iced Tea (http://www3.samsclub.com/meals/recipes/raspberry-mint-iced-tea-recipe) as another way to use all of those raspberries! – Mille from Sam’s Club

  5. I made the boiled with sugar kind last winter. It reminded me of the raspberry juice my Baba used to make when I was a kid. She would use it sweeten hot tea.

  6. I opened mine for Christmas last night and shared with friends. Lovely! Thank you for sharing this.