At Redwall Abbey, whenever the creatures gather together for a feast (which is quite often!), they offer a variety of drinks. Many of these drinks, like October ale, are alcoholic and therefore not enjoyed by everyone. I wanted to recreate one of the nonalcoholic drinks offered so that it could be enjoyed by all! All the dibbuns (the children) at Redwall Abbey love raspberry cordial, and can be seen drinking it in almost all of the Redwall books.
I had never had raspberry cordial until now, but I can see why the dibbuns like it so! It is sweet and fruity, but quite rich, so a little bit goes a long way. Follow this recipe for raspberry cordial to bring a little nonalcoholic cheer to your next gathering.
Raspberry Cordial - A Redwall Recipe
- 1 pint raspberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 6 cups water
Place the raspberries and sugar into a sauce pan, and heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
As the berries cook, crush them a bit to help release the juices.
Once the raspberry mixture appears thick and bubbly (about 5 minutes), remove it from the stove.
Pour the raspberry mixture through a fine strainer into a pitcher, crushing the berries against the strainer to release all the juices. The strainer should remove all the seeds and excess pulp.
Add 6 cups of water to the pitcher, and stir well.
Chill the cordial in the refrigerator for several hours, and stir once more before serving.