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  1. Cheyenne Lynnae says

    This is a very authentic recipe. Thank you for sharing and for all the research that went into it. It reminds me of a recipe published in, SEVENTY-FIVE RECIPES FOR PASTRY CAKES, AND SWEETMEATS by Miss Leslie, of Philadelphia (1832). I simply LOVE Anne of Green Gables and have been wanting to try raspberry cordial since I read the books. Funny, I’ve searched and searched for years for a recipe. I gave up just two years before you published this one. Thanks again for sharing this wonderful recipe and insight. Hugs, Chey

  2. Dolores Arendall says

    I am going to make very soon this soundssooo good Years ago I watched Anne of green gables and Anne of Avalon on pbs station it held my attention I am 76 now and remember the scenes I live in Natalia texas south west of San Antonio texas I am so glad I found your website

  3. Nadya King says

    Thank you for this lovely post! My mama, born in 1912, loved the Anne books, and passed that appreciation on to me. This spring my middle granddaughter and I watched seasons 2 and 3 of Anne with an E, and loved them. (Though of course I noticed the additions to the original stories!)

    This weekend a friend posted a photo of her daughter and a glass of Red Current Cordial they had made, with a few sprigs of lavender – yum! She gave me loose directions, and I picked a couple of cups of red and white currents from my daughter’s bushes. She’d recent asked what to do with them …
    I added the sugar and lavender after straining, and we served it over ice – what a hit! The 9 year olds helped pick more currents and lavender for a second batch!

    They are also fond of Bright Red Drinks, loving the occasional “Shirley Temple,” so we call our current cordial an “Anne Shirley!”

  4. Sue says

    We have an explosion of what I think are black raspberries in our yard (or possibly black berries, too early to tell).
    Would these work in this recipe?

    Thank you so much for all your recipe sharing! I’ve loved each one I tried, and all are inspiring! Stay safe!

  5. Pamela says

    Is there any other uses for the remaining puree after straining the cordial from the berries? I just don’t have ice cream all that often and I doubt it would get used.

  6. Chris Mullett says

    I am also a fan of the “Anne of Green Gables” books. They are, quite frankly, lovely. Half of my family is from Canada, I had an aunt called “Toot” so….we’re like family. haha ; )

    What a fun recipe to make with berries coming into season and time on my hands. Please do make the currant wine!

    Thanks so much,

    P.S. Just made your cheese blintzes for Shavuot. They were delicious and devoured!

    • Chris Mullett says

      And because my coffee has run out, I meant to say:

      Thanks so much, Tori.


  7. Curtis says

    What a lovely commentary! Although I’m a 51 year old man, I think you’ve inspired me to read the series. ❤️ I prefer to make my cordials by infusing them in vodka and adding simple syrup, and have made several different varieties, including raspberry. They’re an easy way to make a lot of different cocktails. 🙂

    • Pamela says

      There isn’t any reason in the world why a 51 year old man or any man could not read the Anne of Green Gables series, as long as they like a good story.

  8. V says

    I have a “shrub” recipe like this but it uses vinegar rather than lemon juice. I can never get it right for a drink. Maybe lemon juice would meld better.

  9. Theresa Thorp says

    Thank you for your post! And of course your recipe! I thoroughly enjoyed your added quotes from the story. I haven’t read the books yet but you have inspired me to do so. I am, however, very familiar with the movies and have watched them countless times.
    My question: can you can the raspberry cordial for use in the winter and for gift giving?

  10. Kaitlyn says

    This is awesome! I’m going to try to make it for me and my grandma. We have recently been watching “Anne with an E” on Netflix and it’s amazing, I highly suggest everyone here watch it!

  11. Jennifer says

    5 stars
    I made this recipe and highly recommend it! Simple with great directions. Tastes so yummy! Cannot wait to use it in cocktails and cakes!

    My baking notes:

    – Made a quarter of a recipe using these measurements: 340 grams frozen Raspberries, 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice, 150 grams Sugar, 3 cups Water.

    – Used: frozen Raspberries, Lemon Juice from the jar, Baker’s/Superfine Sugar.

    – Strained using a colander lined with cheesecloth. I did squeeze the Raspberries using the cheesecloth. 3 1/2 cups of Cordial procured.

    – Leftover Raspberries were mixed in with Vanilla Ice Cream… delicious! But they do lose their sweetness somewhat.

    • Nadya King says

      Oh, what a delightful treat!
      Our local little theatre, Gallery Players, put on Some of Green Gables a few years ago, so we’ll done!

    • Ashley at ToriAvey.com says

      Hi Trudi, Tori’s assistant Ashley here. Cordial can be kept in the fridge for a week or 2.

  12. Holly Keas says

    Hi, I know this is an older post, and the recipe sounds delightful as I too have loved the Anne of Green Gables books and read them through from time-to-time still. However, I am a bit confused. This sounds like a thick berry syrup, not a cordial. Cordial’s have alcohol and I was under the impression that Anne and Diana drank enough cordial that they actually got drunk. You don’t have any alcohol in this recipe so I don’t quite get why it’s called a cordial. I don’t know if it may be a difference between American and Canadian meanings?.

    Do you know what the ratio, and which alcohol would be added? Is it a brandy or gin, which would have been the most popular to add to these types of syrups at the time.

    • Tori Avey says

      The Raspberry Cordial in the story is non-alcoholic. Anne mistakes a bottle of currant wine for cordial, which is why Diana ends up getting drunk. You could potentially add alcohol to this recipe, but if you want to find something true to the story you would need to search for a recipe for currant wine. 🙂

    • Sydney says

      We have cordial here in Australia and its never ever alcoholic. I’ve never heard of an alcoholic cordial. I also lived in Canada and never seen an alcoholic cordial.

  13. Wende says

    5 stars
    There is a recipe from the Anne of Green Gables cook book that I bought in Cavendish when visiting the island. Diana Berry’s Raspberry Cordial. You take 2 bags of 600g frozen raspberries and cook it over medium heat in large saucepan along with 1 and 1/4 cups sugar for 20 min. Then mash raspberries with potato masher then mash through wire strainer into a medium bowl til you get all the liquid out and only the seeds and pulp are left. Then add juice from 2 freshly squeezed lemons. Set aside and use large saucepan (cleaned) to boil 4 cups water. Then add juice from bowl into saucepan, stir, then let cool a bit, pour into a pitcher and put in fridge. Serve cold with garnish of lemon.

    • Tori Avey says

      Hi Wende, thanks for sharing. I prefer the technique outlined in this blog. When you mash the raspberries it produces a cloudy effect; when made as written here, the cordial has more clarity.

  14. Dawn Randolph says

    5 stars
    I just really want to thank you for this delightful Raspberry Cordial and Anne of Green Gables recipe blog! I learned of the books and then movie as a young mother and caused my daughter to fall in love with the books as I quickly had. We loved L. M. Montgomery’s writings so much that we made it to Prince Edward Island and Montgomery’s birthplace, the heritage site and similar sites and now are re-reading the books in a new light. I have been desiring to make raspberry cordial and was thrilled to find your recipe and essay about it. Thank you!

  15. Mary says

    I have to tell you, I absolutely love Ann”e” of Green Gables!! Her story is one that always brings a brightness to my day when I read it or watch my movies.

    Thank you for sharing your story and especially the raspberry cordial recipe!

    Mary Beth Gassmann

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