Summer Berry Cordial / Sommerbærsaft

A great recipe for berry cordial found on The English Kitchen
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Marie who runs The English Kitchen writes: Our soft fruit is going great guns in the garden at the moment.   It  all seems to be ripening at once.   We have never gotten so many strawberries as the bumper crop we are enjoying this year!   We  moved them into large pots on the patio, which seems to have agreed with them.  Trust me when I say that  I am not complaining!

With so much coming at once however, it can be somewhat of a challenge to use it.  At present I am drying strawberries, raspberries and black currants in our food dehydrator, and I have frozen bags of  them as well.   This weekend I decided to make a summer fruit cordial with some of them . . . something delicious for us to remember summer with in the colder months ahead.  The nice ones that you can buy in the shops are so very expensive . . . I thought it would be nice to make some of our very own.

A Cordial is a thick syrupy fruit drink, very concentrated.   It can be drunk on it’s own in small quantities, or mixed with sparkling water and poured over ice for a refreshing drink.  You can also make an alcoholic cordial:

If you are familiar with the Anne of Green Gables story, you will remember that on a lovely October day Anne invited her friend Diana over for tea in the afternoon.  Marilla had told her they could have the raspberry cordial that was leftover from the church social. Anne took the wrong bottle and the pair proceeded to get very drunk!

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4 thoughts on “Summer Berry Cordial / Sommerbærsaft

  1. Ingrid says:

    I am very familiar with the story of Anne of Green Gables invited her friend Diana for tea “with tragic results”. However it was only Diana who got drunk – after three generous tumblerfuls of Marilla’s “Rasberry cordial” (or so Anne believed) witch turned out instead to be some of Marilla’s “three-year-old homemade currant wine for which she was celebrated in Avonlea, although certain of the stricter sort, Mrs. Barry [Diana’s extremely strict mother] among them, disapproved strongly of it.” Unfortunately Diana’s mother (wrongly) thought Anne was a very wicked girl who set Diana drunk on purpose:

    Marilla: “Anne Shirley, when I ask you a question I want to be answered. Sit right up this very minute and tell me what you are crying about.”
    Anne sat up, tragedy personified.
    “Mrs. Lynde was up to see Mrs. Barry today and Mrs. Barry was in an awful state,” she wailed. “She says that I set Diana drunk Saturday and sent her home in a disgraceful condition. And she says I must be a thoroughly bad, wicked little girl and she’s never, never going to let Diana play with me again. Oh, Marilla, I’m just overcome with woe.”

    The whole tragical story:
    https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~rgs/anne-XVI.html

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  2. Ingrid says:

    That’s one of my favourite books 😉 ❤

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