It’s a bit of time for a confession. I haven’t read Anne of Green Gables. I know that I’ve been missing out and must rectify this. I joke with Mr. Serious that I need to work on my culturing. So, when Netflix sent some goodies for their new show, Anne with an E, and there was a recipe for raspberry cordial. I had to go researching to find out why (which probably everybody knows but me…there’s scandal and some confusion with wine involved!). And then I decided I need to have some, but it turns out I didn’t have any raspberries, but I had strawberries, so I thought I would give strawberry cordial a try. (spoiler alert..it’s AMAZING!)
I should probably also point out that I always though cordials had alcohol in some form in them so I was pleasantly surprised that the girls could help with making and drinking this incredibly sweet beverage.
Strawberries (~14oz), way more sugar than should ever go in (~2 cups), water (1 cup) and the juice of one lemon went into a sauce pan. They were simmered for about 5-8 minutes until it got nice and hot and the strawberries started to break down. Also, it smelled amazing.
I then use a fine mesh strainer to separate the solids out. The solids looked so good that I saved them for later for a thick strawberry syrup to use in a sorbet recipe this weekend. Or to eat with a spoon for dessert. I digress.
It comes out a beautiful, rich, red color.
This is a sugary cordial. Diluting it is a must. We poured a good layer in the bottom of the glass that had been filled with ice and then topped it with sparkling water. My oldest decided to add the juice of a half of a lemon to her class, which made it more like a sparking strawberry lemonade if you like it more tart. Both ways are delicious.
I can’t wait for you to try this! It’s so good, light and refreshing.
The Strawberry Cordial
- 14 oz strawberries or raspberries
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- lemon juice of
- Simmer strawberries, sugar, water and lemon juice in a sauce pan for 5-8 minutes.
- Strain the mixture through a fine mesh into a jar or bottle.
- Serve over ice and top with sparkling water.
- Add more lemon juice to taste.