Thursday, 5 January 2012

Raspberry Cordial

In keeping with my goal of doing new/hard/unfamiliar things in 2012, I bit the bullet and made Raspberry Cordial yesterday.  I used Rhonda's Recipe and I couldn't have been more surprised as to how fast and easy the whole process was.  It confirms what I've suspected for a while now - that thinking about and fretting over doing something new is actually MORE time consuming and difficult than actually DOING something new!


The berries were picked free of charge this past summer in response to the "Fruit Wanted" ad that I placed on our Freecycle network.  Once I had picked enough for jam, I continued picking to freeze some for winter use.

After just a few minutes of actual hand on work, the resultant cordial was richly coloured and full of flavour - perfect for delicious and refreshing drinks.  It's teen approved - which is great news for the budget and our health. Commercial pop is full of nasty things I'd rather we not ingest, so I'm highly motivated to expand my efforts in making a variety of homemade drinks, eliminating the need for buying sodas, pop and other commercially prepared drinks.

We re-used an orange juice jug leftover from Christmas brunch and filled it halfway with our cordial - all in all close to 2 litres of concentrate was the result of our efforts.  Diluted in tap water or sparkling mineral water, I'm hoping it will last the 2 week fridge life although I have my doubts ~ it's DELICIOUS!


  1. Thanks! I bookmarked that from Rhonda's site. Doesn't the name in itself sound yummy..fruit cordial!! It reminds me of Anne of Green Gables...that is probably the first I ever heard of it. love,andrea

  2. This looks and sounds so delicious! Good for you for trying yet another new thing :)

  3. mmm, looks delicious, Sherri! Our raspberries have come to an end but there are still several bags in the freezer to be used up. Homemade cordials are the best, aren't they! :)

  4. Yum. I think I'll have a go at making some red and black currant cordial after reading how easy you thought it was! Our currants are just about ready to be picked - I can't wait!