It didn’t occur to me until after I made, drank, and started writing about this cocktail that I don’t like raspberry vodka. Hate it, in fact. Even the words are making me feel a little iffy right now. I’d never in my right mind order a drink out that contained the words “raspberry” and “vodka” in it. But I made one. And was obsessed with it. And didn’t even think it was slightly odd. The reason is pretty obvious….. fresh raspberries. Which absolutely do not equal artificially flavored raspberry vodka. I don’t like artificially flavored raspberry anything. But fresh raspberries? Are one of my favorite things in the world. I even love the way the word is spelled. Raspberry… With a little extra “p” for “pizazz.” Amiright?
Now that it’s officially summer and just about the 4th of July (hooray!), this is basically all I want to drink. Well, after work. And after 12:00 on the weekends. And maybe I need some water in between. But other than that all I want is Raspberry Vodka Lemonade with fresh raspberries. Happy summer, indeed.
Raspberry Vodka Lemonade (serves 4):
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- 1/2 C granulated sugar
- 1/2 C water, plus 1 1/2 C water
- 1 C freshly squeezed lemon juice (I had 4 VERY juicy lemons; it could take you 6-8)
- 1 C fresh raspberries
- 1 C vodka
Start by putting sugar and 1/2 C water in a saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
Then turn to low and gently simmer, while stirring, until sugar completely dissolves and mixture thickens a bit, about 3-5 minutes.
Pour simple syrup in separate bowl and put in fridge to cool.
In a bowl, squeeze all your lemons. I love when I can get a good 1/4 C of juice out of one lemon!
In a separate bowl, mash raspberries with a potato masher. You could also puree them in a blender or food processor.
Then push the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into the bowl with the lemon juice.
I’m obsessed with the color!
In a pitcher filled with ice add raspberry lemon mixture, one cup of vodka, 1 1/2 C of cold water, and simple syrup mixture. I like my lemonade a little bit tart, so I added the sugar in slowly, tasting, and stopped when I thought it was sweet enough. And before I “taste tested” the entire pitcher.
I am not lying when I say this is my new all-time favorite sweet drink. It was PACKED full of fresh raspberry flavor, but also had tons of the tartness of the fresh lemon juice. The best of both worlds.
And if you’re only using a little bit of the simple syrup, it’s really all-natural sugars. And, I mean, think about all the vitamin C this drink contains? You should sip on it for that reason alone!
This made me really wish I had a house with a little porch. And I could sit on my porch with this in hand and pretend I lived somewhere life was a little bit slower and simpler. And there was always time to watch the sun set on a summer evening.
Oh, I also put a little “skewer” (AKA toothpick) of raspberries in the drink for a garnish. Because all cocktails should have garnishes of some type. Or pretty rims. Isn’t my Mia + Finn table linen pretty, too? They sent me the selection of French-inspired napkins and I’m especially obsessed with this pattern. So bright and cheery, kind of like this drink!
Just looking at this is making me seriously angry that I don’t have any fresh raspberries in my fridge. And has me convinced I need to make sure to ALWAYS have frozen raspberries in my freezer because, though it may not be quite as delicious, you cold definitely make this with frozen raspberries. In a pinch. Or when fresh raspberries are ridiculously expensive at the grocery store. Which they often are.
I know this summer is going to go by far too fast, so I’m trying to be conscious of enjoying every second. Every single second. And cocktails like this one are certainly going to help. I know I’ve been slacking on Cocktail Friday a bit lately, but I already have a few more planned, so get excited If you’re into that kind of thing. And I hope you are.
Enjoy this summertime Cocktail Friday! And the rest of your weekend, too. It’s going to be a rainy one here in Boston, but that’s OK because I’m on vacation in exactly one week! Cocktail Friday? I’ll be having Cocktail Week!
Oh, and don’t forget to enter my giveaway for your very own Ninja Frying System!
What summer cocktails are you sipping this weekend?