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Bright red drinks

"I love bright red drinks, don't you? They taste twice as good as any other colour."

So said Anne Shirley in one of my favourite childhood books, Anne of Green Gables, in the raspberry cordial scene.   I was reminded of raspberry cordial yesterday when I took a look around the garden to see it had been overrun with raspberry canes.  Nothing else for it but to brave the jungle and pick as many as we can to make raspberry cordial to sip on Christmas Day.  A day which certainly calls for a bright red drink.

Here's how I did it.

About 300g raspberries
1 cup of castor sugar
1 litre of boiling water.

In a large bowl, add raspberries and sugar, then pour over boiling water, give it a quick stir and allow to steep overnight.   In the morning pour it all through a strainer into a large jug but don't push the fruit through or the cordial will become cloudy. The fruit left in the strainer will be pale but you can eat it on pancakes or stir it through yoghurt.

Pour the syrup into a glass jar or bottle and store in the fridge for two days.

To serve, dilute the cordial with water to taste, still or sparkling, and marvel at how good bright red drinks really do taste.


  1. So pretty Michelle, Merry Christmas to you and your family x

  2. Thank you Jane, Merry Christmas to you too x

  3. Such a pretty drink! Our daughter use to watch the Anne of Green Gables series over and over, so yes I know that story very well.
    Best wishes for a wonderful & happy Christmas with your family.

  4. Yum! Hope you all had a lovely Christmas! xx

  5. Oh it looks so good. Have been looking back through your blog and love it all, it brings back happy memories of our holiday in Tasmania in April, although unfortunately we didn't get to the Huon Valley, just north, Hobart, and Bruny. Is it possible to get "homesick" from just one holiday?

  6. After something like a week of drinking the green drink I started to feel a radical change in my physique. Yet I had a feeling that I was getting a bit down from the stuff. Later I discovered that its an indication of detoxification. The detox got so terrible that I was pretty wiped out for something like 3 days.

  7. Yummy! Bright things make me feel even much hungrier! And that’s awesome, I think! What to make the same now. And share with you blog of juicing information that could be really useful!