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Raspberry Cordial Recipe

Updated on September 2, 2012

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A Raspberry Cordial Recipe is easy to make
A Raspberry Cordial Recipe is easy to make | Source

What are Cordials?

Cordials originated as a beverage made from herbal ingredients. These beverages were thought to be good for the heart.

Cordials originally developed from herbal medicines in the 1200's in Italy. By the 1500's cordials were made throughout Europe, also as medicines. Later raspberry cordial recipes began to be used for pleasurable drinking. The popularity of cordials are often associated with Catherine de Medici, in the 16th century, who, enjoyed her cordials so much, she carried her recipes with her when she traveled.

During the 14th to 17th century, alchemists started to make cordials for medicinal purposes. Many cordials were produced in monasteries. By the middle of the 1500's distillaries started to produce cordials also.

Fruit provides the fundamental flavor. Long ago, the fruit was pressed by people's feet or by hand. The alcohol or spirits were added and then the mixture sat long enough to pick up the particular flavors of the fruit. Then exotic essences were added to create special cordials.

In the United States, a cordial is a syrupy sweet alcoholic beverage. In the United Kingdom a cordial is the non alcoholic version of this sweet beverage.

What is a Liquer?

The word liquer comes from the Latin liquifacere. It means to dissolve or melt. A liquer can be made up of an assortment of flavors from herbs and spices, fruits, flowers, nuts, plants, and seeds, The distinctive feature of liquers is more its sweetness than its alcoholic content, which is roughly between 15% -30%, although some could have as much as 55%.

Liquers are made in almost every part of the world in a large variety of flavors.

Chambord is a Raspberry Liquer

Chambord is one of the finest raspberry liquers you can buy. It is made from black and red raspberries, cognac, vanilla, and honey. Chambord comes from the Loire Valley in France, It is very sweet and is often served as an after dinner drink.

Liquers and Cordials Can Be Served in a Variety of Ways

Straight up means it is served right from the bottle at room temperature. On the rocks means it is served chilled, over crushed or cubed ice. Liquers and cordials can be served with coffee, mixed with cream, and other liquors.

You can freeze your cordial by pouring the beverage into a tray of ice cubes and freeze it for up to 2 months.

Raspberry Cordial Can Help Against the Stomach Flu

Raspberry cordial is thought to be a preventative and possible treatment for the stomach flu. Some research by microbiologists have found that raspberry and black currant cordials may just be able to kill at least 12 varieties of the bacteria that causes diarrhea and stomach upsets including E. Coli and some strains of salmonella.

There is something unique about raspberry and black currant juices because it contains antibacterial properties that kill the bacteria. Even undiluted juices worked as well as the cordials did. The research use laboratory testing, but did not do any clinical trials on humans or animals. Using anecdotal evidence, knowing that adding the right amount of cordials to water it reduces the amount of bacteria in the water, scientist believe raspberry cordials can be used as a treatment when people have stomach bugs. Gastroenteritis is caused by many things besides bacteria, including parasites, viruses, and some medications. Raspberry cordials won't help stomach upsets caused by these issues. Drinks with high sugar contents are best to be avoided if you have vomiting or diarrhea to protect yourself from more dehydration. Strong cordials can increase fluid loss.

The History of Cordials

The history of cordials goes back to the time of Romans. and from the Latin word Cordialis.

Alchemy and liquers, also known as cordials were made to be the elixirs for good health. In England syrups are called cordials because it goes back to Roses lime cordial, which was patented in 1867 for rationing to the British sailors to prevent scurvy.The method for preserving citrus juice with no alcohol was patented in 1867. The Merchant Shipping Act made it required that all ships of the Merchant Navy and Royal Navy give a daily ration of lime to prevent scurvy.

In the days before Snapple, and Coca-Cola, people served fruit cordials using a sugar syrup. A sugar syrup is made up of 1 part sugar and 1 part water, boiled gently until the sugar dissolves fully.

Raspberry Cordials for the Holidays

Raspberry cordials are great anytime of the year. They especially fit in well for the Christmas, Hannukah, Kwaanza, and New Year's holidays.

Raspberry Cordial

  • 1 part Cinnamon Schnapps
  • 1 part Raspberry Liqueur
  • 1 part white creme de cacao
  • ice

Put the ingredients in a cocktail shaker that is filled with ice. Shake well. Garnish with chocolate shavings.

Raspberry Cordial for Valentine's Day

Enjoy this special Raspberry Cordial Recipe all year round and especially for Valentine's Day

1/2 oz Vodka
1/3 oz Raspberry Liqueur
1/3 oz Chocolate Liqueur
1/3 oz Kahlua

Add a Touch of Special Effects to the Raspberry Cordial Recipes

Serve this raspberry cordial recipe with special effects:

  • Create a frosted look on the edge by dipping the rim in lemon juice. Then dip the rim in sugar.
  • You can add drink umbrellas, paper flowers, swizzle sticks, fancy straws, pinwheels, and sparklers.
  • You can take a regular straw and cut it to fit the special size glass the cordial is served in.
  • Serve with fruit on a toothpick or cocktail stick.

  • Put sliced fruit in the cordial and serve it with a twist to make it look pretty.

Easy Raspberry Cordial Recipe

You can use fresh or frozen raspberries for this raspberry cordial recipe
You can use fresh or frozen raspberries for this raspberry cordial recipe | Source

You Can Make Your Own Cordials at Home

Cordials can easily be made at home by using frozen or fresh raspberries, sugar, hot boiling water, and lemons. After the mixture has been cooled, refrigerate it for a refreshing drink. To add alcohol, use a good quality vodka like Smirnoff, Finlandia, and Absolut.

There are various raspberry cordial recipes:

1 lb fresh raspberries 1 cups 100 proof vodka 1/2 cup sugar

Put the entire mixture in a blender to puree it well. Pour it into a bottle and allow it to sit for about 2-3 weeks. Strain the pulp through a coffee filter. You can add a pinch of cinnamon or a vanilla bean to enhance the taste of the fruit, but this is optional.

Another option is to freeze the fruit. Water expands when frozen and this causes the liquid from the fruit to rupture through the cells walls of the raspberries and so you will get more essence of the fruit.

If you want to make a sugar syrup, use 1 part water to 2 parts sugar. Boil both for 5 minutes to make sure the sugar is well dissolved. Make sure the syrup is cool prior to adding it to the alcohol mixture, so that the heat does not evaporate the alcohol.

1/2 cup water and 1 cup sugar makes 1 cup of syrup. The proportion of 1 cup of syrup to 3 cups of 80 proof vodka, equals 60 proof liquer. 2 cups syrup and 3 cups of 80 proof vodka you will get 48 proof liqueur.

The Easiest Raspberry Cordial Recipe

There are many ways to make a raspberry cordial recipe. This is an easy and instant one to enjoy.

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  • 1 pkg frozen unsweetened raspberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 boiling water

Enjoy This Raspberry Cordial Recipe

Add fruit to Raspberry Cordial
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  1. Put the frozen raspberries in a saucepan and add sugar.
  2. Cook the mixture over a medium heat. Cook for 20-25 minutes. Stir occasionally until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Mash the raspberries and syrup completely. Pour the mixture through a paper coffee filter or strainer. Throwout the pulp.
  4. Squeeze the lemons and strain the juice. Add the juice to the raspberry mixture. Boil the water, add to the juice. Let the raspberry cordial cool and then chill in the refrigerator.
  5. Serve with a thin slice of lemon on the top iof the beverage
  6. .You can also put the mixture in a decorative decanter and bring as a gift.
  7. Serve. To make a drink, dilute the cordial using either soda water, water, or fizzy lemonade. You can drizzle it over ice cream, yogurt, or a pudding. You can also add it to cocktails that need a raspberry flavor.


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    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Tom, I am so glad you stopped by. Cordials are a nice drink and you can make them with or without alcohol. They can be a sweet beverage after dinner or diluted with water or seltzer for having anytime. Thanks do much for sharing my hub.

    • Maddie Ruud profile image

      Maddie Ruud 

      5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      I've never had cordial, but I'd like to try it, so thanks for the recipe! Raspberry cordial has a special place in my heart because of "Anne of Green Gables." I seem to remember that Anne and Diana accidentally get drunk on it.

    • VirginiaLynne profile image

      Virginia Kearney 

      5 years ago from United States

      Terrific information and such an easy recipe! I'd like to try to make it. We don't have raspberries much here in Texas, but we have lots of stawberries and blackberries, so maybe I could use those. Voted up and useful.

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Helen, I am so glad you learned a thing or two about cordials. Who wouldn't feel better after a cordial? Thanks for your kind words and up votes.

    • kashmir56 profile image

      Thomas Silvia 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      A very interesting drink recipe sounds like it would be a great drink, thanks for the history on this drink has well . Well done and written !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Toknowinfo,

      What a great hub this is. I had no idead that the history of cordials went back so far in time - and to Catherine de Medici's era. I didn't know either that in America a cordial has alcohol added to it. But whatever, I do know that cordials are delicious and I've often felt much better after taken one when I've had the cold or flu, so I can vouch for there therapeutic qualities. I've never made my own, but your recipe is wonderful and I'm tempted to have a go.

      Great hub + voted up + shared.


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