Fizzy and raspberry sweet. It’s almost like drinking the raspberry swirls in those vanilla raspberry ice cream!

This fantastically red fizzy is my official year-end festive beverage. There is no cooking involved and not even a syrup to make. Just a food processor to blitz all the ingredients and double sieved to get rid of all seeds.

Choose to top it up with sparkling grape juice and/or seltzer. For adults who must have something with an alcohol count, top with prosecco or something similar.  Any which way, it is very good. I pour the cordial over pancakes, waffles, ice cream and when no one is looking, sip spoonfuls of it.

Frozen Red Raspberry Fizzy

Prep: ~10 minutes 
Cook:
Inactive:
Level: Easy
Makes: 1 (32oz) (1 US quart) (945ml) bottle of raspberry cordial. 
Oven Temperature:
Can recipe be doubled? Yes
Make ahead? Yes. Keeps well in sterilised bottles in the refrigerator for 2 weeks. It can also be frozen in ice cube trays.

Ingredients

1 lb (450g) frozen raspberries
~1 cup unsweetened ready bottled beetroot juice*
~1 and 1/2 cup sugar
Choice of:
Sparkling grape juice**
Soda Stream***
Seltzer/soda water/sparkling mineral water
* There won’t be any wastage as it is delicious and it can be turned into a mad pink soup (scroll down to ‘Tips’), a refreshing beetroot seltzer or used to bake maroon coloured bread.
** Sparkling grape juice have so much carbonation in them, they are perfect for this festive looking drink. They can be very sweet so you might want to use half of that and half soda water.
*** 
My soda making machine, ‘Soda Stream’, is one of my favourite kitchen equipment. It makes the most bubbly sparkling water. 

Method

1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a food processor and grind until smooth. There is no need to defrost the raspberries. Strain the puree twice through a fine-hole strainer to remove all seeds.

2. Transfer into sterilised jars/bottles, cover and refrigerate. Alternatively, freeze in ice cube trays and then transfer them into freezer bags.

To serve
1. Pour enough cordial into a glass cup and then top only 3/4 full* with fizzy water of your choice.
2. Alternatively, top only 3/4 full* with prosecco, moscato, champagne, etcetera.
3. Stir to mix.
Do not fill more than 3/4 full as the bubbles will likely spill over.

Tips

(1) Try swapping raspberries with strawberries and blackcurrants. 

(2) How else can I use the cordial/syrup?
The raspberry cordial is wonderful over pancakes, waffles, vanilla ice cream, yogurt lassi and on a spoon, sipped slowly.

(3) What to do with the remaining beetroot juice?
Here is a link to possibly one of the easiest beetroot soups, Cold & Crazy Pink Beetroot Soup. Since bottled beetroot is ready to drink, it is so easy to serve this soup and because of its mad festive colour, it will look great on your year-end dinner party table.

WHAT’S COMING UP NEXT?

It’s a recipe for either one of my other two festive party drinks. Zingy Mint, Lime and Lemongrass Infused Cooler or

another drink that your guests would be pleasantly surprised to have served to them.  My Floral Osmanthus And Apricot Drink With Konjac Jelly.

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