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.
Netflix has come out with their own story based on Anne of Green Gables called Anne with an E. It is a coming-of-age story about an outsider who, against all odds and many challenges, fights for love and acceptance and her place in the world. Set in Prince Edward Island in the late 1890s, the series centers on Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty), a young orphaned girl who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an aging sister and brother. Over time, 13-year-old Anne will transform the lives of Marilla (Geraldine James) and Matthew Cuthbert (R.H. Thomson) and eventually the entire small town in which they live with her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination. Anne’s adventures will reflect timeless and topical issues including themes of identity, feminism, bullying and prejudice.
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- 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.