Anne of Green Gables and the raspberry cordial scene is perhaps one of the most well known and beloved scenes in literary history. Come indulge in the sweet and refreshing drink that Anne was SUPPOSED to serve to her dear friend Diana.
Anne of Green Gables Raspberry Cordial Scene
Anne of Green Gables is a well loved and classic story that is enjoyed by all generations. While our beloved Anne has a knack for getting herself in a variety of predicaments, the raspberry cordial incident is perhaps one of the most well known scenes in literary history. The title of the chapter alone speaks to the depth of the scene at hand. Entitled Diana is Invited to Tea with Tragic Results, here is what ensues.
Diana is coming coming over for an afternoon tea with Anne and as she prepares to leave for the day, Marilla tells Anne that she can serve the leftover raspberry cordial from the church social. After Diana arrives, Anne goes to retrieve the raspberry cordial from the pantry.
Anne looked on the second shelf of the room pantry but there was no bottle of raspberry cordial there. Search revealed it away back on the top shelf. Anne put it on a tray and set it on the table with a tumbler. “Now, please help yourself, Diana,” she said politely. “I don’t believe I’ll have any just now. I don’t feel as if I wanted any after all those apples.” Diana poured herself out a tumblerful, looked at its bright red hue admiringly, and then sipped it daintily. “That’s awfully nice raspberry cordial, Anne,” she said. “I didn’t know raspberry cordial was so nice.”
And Diana indeed enjoys the raspberry cordial and drinks three full glassfuls of it, but then feels ill and rushes home. A few days later Anne returns from Mrs. Rachel Lynde’s house, distraught with the news that she had accidentally served alcohol to her good friend.
As it turns out, Marilla forgot she had put the raspberry cordial in the cellar and Anne accidentally served an alcoholic beverage to Diana, causing her to become drunk.
What Does Diana Drink Instead of Raspberry Cordial?
Instead of raspberry cordial, Anne served currant wine to Diana.
What is in a Raspberry Cordial Drink?
Raspberry cordial is a rich, sweet, and slightly tangy drink that is made from fresh raspberries, sugar, lemon juice, and water. It does not contain any alcohol.
In the book, Marilla says that Diana was a greedy little girl for drinking three full glasses, for even if it had simply been raspberry cordial it would have been an excessive amount to drink.
And I have to agree with Marilla. Raspberry cordial is indeed a very rich drink and I cannot imagine drinking three glassfuls of it. It is a drink that is meant to be sipped and savored in small portions.
Anne of Green Gables Raspberry Cordial Drink
5.5 cups fresh raspberries
1.5 cups cane sugar
6 cups water
juice of 2 fresh lemons
In a large sauce pan, combine raspberries and sugar. Cook on medium heat until sugar is dissolved and raspberries are broken up. add water and simmer on low for 20 minutes. Strain mixture through fine sieve. Add lemon juice. Cool and refrigerate before serving.