Let's hope the Duchess of Cambridge knows her raspberry cordial from her currant wine.
While visiting Prince Edward Island next week, Kate and William will get a chance to sample raspberry cordial, the beverage made famous by the island's beloved, blunder-prone, fictional character Anne, from Anne of Green Gables.
Charlottetown ice cream company Cows Inc. is supplying raspberry cordial for the royal couple's visit to the Dalvay area on Monday, says Yvonne Campbell, the company's director of marketing. Cows is expecting to prepare enough of the fizzy drink for about 2,400 people. However, details of the royal visit have been kept under such wraps, the company has not yet been informed of when, exactly, the beverage will be served.
The Duchess is believed to be a fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery's novel, and reportedly expressed interest in visiting Summerside, PEI, to see the setting of the book. The couple will be meeting actors from Anne of Green Gables - The Musical at the historic Dalvay by the Sea resort, before heading to Summerside later Monday afternoon.
Raspberry cordial provided a key plot point in Anne's misadventures. Mistaking a bottle of currant wine for the non-alcoholic stuff, the heroine got her best friend Diana drunk by encouraging her to drink three tumblers of the bright, red liquid. The slip-up resulted in a prolonged separation for the two friends, forced upon them by Diana's strict, teetotalling mother.
A press officer for the royal visit said raspberry cordial won't be on the menu for the couple's only official culinary event on the island at Dalvay by the Sea. However, the Duke and Duchess will have tea and snacks provided to them between official events. Details of the official menu, prepared by chefs from the Culinary Institute of Canada, are expected to be released today.
So, just to avoid any mix-up, what is raspberry cordial, exactly?
"It's kind of like a raspberry juice, but it's carbonated," Ms. Campbell says.