When I was in town this past weekend, I snagged some fresh raspberries. I’d just been to the liquor store too, and grabbed a bottle of Skyy Raspberry infused vodka. I’m kind of fan of raspberry vodka, soda with a twist of lime, so I thought I’d see if I could take that step further and make a martini using the fresh raspberries, and the raspberry vodka. We had some friends over helping to wire the new barn, so I knew Saturday evening would involve a “party” of sorts.
Needless to say the mixture I concocted was pretty good. Not terribly sweet, and very refreshing – maybe too refreshing.
Here’s the 411:
1 c fresh raspberries
1/2 c sugar
zest of one lime
juice from one lime
2 c water
In a saucepan, combine the fresh raspberries, sugar, lime zest, lime juice and water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. If you wanted less water, and more of a syrup, you could half the amount of water, since there’s a lot of water that will cook out of the raspberries.
Remove from heat and strain. Allow the mixture to cool.
I didn’t mix mine into a big pitcher, rather I mixed them with vodka as the guests ordered.
I ran a lime wedge around the edge of the Martini Glass, then rimmed the glass with sugar.
I combined 1.5 parts vodka with one part raspberry simple syrup. I shook the mixture with ice in my cocktail shaker. Add 3-5 cold raspberries to the bottom of each glass, pour mixture and garnish with lime.