Summertime is best spent doing a mixture of fun activities, and doing absolutely nothing at all-and doing absolutely nothing at all is best enjoyed while sipping a nice, cool, refreshing drink. Instead of turning to soda pop or another artificially flavored beverage this summer, try making this bright, flavorful, simple raspberry cordial-we use the term “cordial” loosely, this does not contain alcohol!
Raspberries are filled to the brim with antioxidants. And just what are antioxidants? Antioxidants are substances (vitamins, minerals, and enzymes) that can counteract the damaging (but normal) effects of oxidation in animal tissue. Oxidative stress takes place when there are more harmful chemicals, called free-radicals, than antioxidants to defend the body. These free-radicals are unstable, stealing or giving electrons randomly and damaging proteins, DNA, and cells. The same process of oxidation is what causes apples to brown, iron to rust, and oil to go rancid. Antioxidants in raspberries are thought to aid in the prevention of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and lower risk of obesity as well. So the real question is, why not raspberries?
You will need…
-4 ½ cups of organic raspberries
-Juice of ½ of a lemon, or more to taste
-1 cup of white sugar, or more to taste OR 1/3 cup organic honey, or more to taste
-A sprig of rosemary or some fresh mint leaves
Place your raspberries in a double boiler and stir the berries around until they have given up all of their juice and have slowly been brought to a boil.
Pour through a sieve lined with cheesecloth and press the juice through-using the back of a wooden spoon helps. Return the juice to the pan and add your lemon juice and sugar, stirring over low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Slowly pour the liquid into clean, glass bottles and refrigerate until needed. Place a sprig of rosemary or a mint leaf in the sections on an ice cube tray and cover with water, and freeze
Serve your drink nice and cold with herb ice-cubes and sparkling water.
By Claire GoodallClaire is a lover of life, the natural world, and wild blueberries. On the weekend you can find her fiddling in the garden, playing with her dogs, and enjoying the great outdoors with her horse. Claire is very open-minded, ask her anything :) Meet Claire
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