Raspberries make the best holiday cocktails,with their festive colors and a sweet-tart flavor that blends well with all kinds of spirits. This recipe is for a raspberry martini, made with homemade raspberry simple syrup. It also works well for a non-alcoholic raspberry spritzer!
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Keys to Raspberry Cocktails
It’s easy to make a craft cocktail when you have a fruit-based drink syrup to add. You can make you own drink syrup or purchase a commercial raspberry syrup. Just know that the commercial syrups are extremely sweet.
Shrub drink syrups are made with a bit of vinegar (they are sometimes called drinking vinegars) and give the drink that tangy bite that some people (like me) love.
Simple syrups are a bit sweeter (no vinegar), but you can determine how sweet you want the drink by how much syrup you flavor it with.
If you have a bitter palate, add a dash of bitters to the cocktail recipes.
Raspberry Spritzers with no Alcohol:
A spritzer is basically referring to a base of bubbly water, which is then flavored with a fruit, a fruit syrup, or a spice syrup.
The carbonated liquid doesn’t have to be water, it can be ginger ale, tonic water, sparkling wine, etc. It does need to have bubbles however.
The ratios I prefer in spritzers are:
- 1 1/2 ounce Fruit-based drink syrup
- 8 oz. sparkling water (optional: ginger ale or tonic water)
- squeeze of lime
Simply combine the syrup and sparkling water together in a glass filled with ice cubes and stir. Finish with a squeeze of lime.
- ¾ oz. Raspberry Syrup
- 1 ½ oz. Gin
- 1 ½ oz. Pimms cup #1 liqueur optional
- splash dry vermouth
- ice cubes
- cucumber or lemon peel for garnishes
- Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice and add all ingredients.3/4 oz. Raspberry Syrup, 1 1/2 oz. Gin, 1 1/2 oz. Pimms cup #1 liqueur, splash dry vermouth, ice cubes
- Strain into martini glass and garnish with cucumber or lemon peel.
- Stir everything to combine and chillcucumber or lemon peel