Raspberry Cordial Lemonade

This comes from another photo shoot with Candice. We knew we needed one Summery drink, and I thought about Raspberry cordial. If you’ve ever read Anne of Gables (and if you haven’t, shame on you!), then you know all about the drama that surrounds Anne when she tries to serve a fancy beverage to her bosom friend.  Oh I hope you’ve read Anne, because if not, the idea of a bosom friend might seem strange.

I still have my original copy of Anne of Green Gables from when I was 8 or 9. My name is written on the inside front cover (I don’t know why I thought I had perfect handwriting at that age!). I also have two copies of the Anne of Green Gables Cookbook. I had one from when I was a kid, and then Christina was super thoughtful and gave me one for Christmas a couple of years ago.

I think these kind of cookbooks are a great way to get kids to love reading. There are lots of books, and even more recipes, that go along with different books, and they are a way to connect a book to every day life. On a completely different note, if you love Downton Abbey (and again, who doesn’t), there’s a great website that posts recipes from the show.

Back to the cordial. I thought the cordial would be a perfect thing for a ladies lunch, or for my daughter’s upcoming tea party birthday, but I underestimated how sweet it would be. It’s got a syrup like consistency, so I decided to add it in to lemonade. It’s basically the perfect sweetener for a tart drink… and it looks beautiful.

What’s your favorite recipe from a book?

Raspberry Cordial

adapted from Kate Macdonald’s, The Anne of Green Gable’s Cookbook


  • 1 lb. frozen raspberries
  • 1 1/4 c. sugar
  • 4c. boiling water
  • lemonade


  1. Put frozen raspberries and sugar in a saucepan and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes, or until all the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Mash the raspberries and the syrup.
  3. Pour the raspberry mixture through a strainer and keep the liquid.
  4. Boil the water and add it to the raspberry juice.
  5. Cool mixture and chill in the refrigerator.
  6. Add a couple of tablespoons of the cordial to your favorite lemonade.



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  1. That’s beautiful and looks delicious!

  2. I love Anne of Green Gables, in fact I’m rereading them right now. I’ll have to try your raspberry cordial.

  3. Anne of the Green Gables is my favourite childhood novel. After my daughter was born this January, I spent the first few weeks holding her in my hands and re-reading the first books from the series while she was asleep. Love your recipe!