All Natural Raspberry Cordial
My grandmothers all natural Raspberry Cordial recipe is one of my favorite childhood recipes. Every summer my grandparents let me come visit it was better than Christmas. I never wanted to return home, I treasure every day I shared with Grama and Grampa.
Grama had raspberry canes in her garden and I would go and pick bowls of them, raspberries with rice Krispies, or plain with milk and sugar was a typical breakfast. Grama made raspberry jam, raspberry pies, raspberry compote, and my childhood favorite raspberry cordial.
Since Grama had an immense amount of raspberries in her garden; she could make large batches of cordial and then can it.
As she needed it she would mix the cordial half and half with water and ice into a big pitcher. It is so much better than the chemical variety of powdered or boxed fruit drinks.
My granddaughters are visiting so why not share it with the next generation.
Here is my Grama’s recipe sized down to a one pitcher serving.
Make the cordial the day before you want to drink it.
- Two pints of raspberries
- Juice from one lemon
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 cups of water
- 10 ice cubes
- 1 can 7 up, or soda water
(you will need cheesecloth or a thinly wired strainer)
Rinse berries, place in large container, and add lemon juice; set aside.
Make sugar syrup by boiling the water and sugar in a pot, stirring occasionally, the syrup will be clear when hot. Once it boils remove from heat, while still steaming carefully pour over berries.
Leave the raspberry mixture to rest and cool to room temperature about two hours. Once cool place in fridge overnight (24 hours).
Pour the raspberry mixture through a thin wire strainer lined with cheesecloth.
Grama always strained the berries to get more juice out but said that made it cloudy. If you want the juice to be perfectly clear don’t push on the berries.
Serving the Raspberry Cordial
Take 10 ice cubes and 2 cups of the juice, blend until crushed. This creates the pretty pink layer.
Divide between four glasses. Slowly top up the drink with 7-up to prevent foaming and spillage.
This makes a pretty adult drink, we tried it with both vodka and rum and it was delicious.