One night I made the worst cocktail in the world. Maybe the worst cocktail of all time.
I didn’t have the right ingredients and substituted badly. This was years ago but one of my friends who was with me that night hasn’t let me forget it. In fact, she brings it up a LOT even though I haven’t offered her a bad cocktail since. Because of this (and because why not?) Operation Cocktail Redemption is under way.
This cocktail certainly deserves points for not only being pretty, but tasting delightful.
What is it? A Raspberry Lemon Drop.
Another friend said that my using lemon flavored vodka in this recipe was the equivalent to using boxed mac and cheese. (insert grumbly emoticon here)
I get that point of view, but in this case, he was wrong so I had to introduce him to Deep Eddy. Their lemon flavored vodka is ridiculous (in the best way), is made with real lemons, and is the only kind I’ll be buying for a long while, I’m sure. If you just can’t bring yourself to use flavored vodka, this recipe will still work, but please squeeze fresh lemons!
I make a “rich” simple syrup which means there’s a 2:1 ration of water to sugar rather than 1:1. The idea is that you don’t have to use as much as the recipe calls for, but until I kick my sugar habit, I like it full strength.
I also don’t typically rim the glasses with sugar. It’s pretty, but I think it’s messy and a garnish is enough. That doesn’t mean I won’t change my mind down the road, but for now, I’m not a glass rimmer.
You might notice that the drink in the pictures here looks a little dark. It’s because I used Black Raspberry Liqueur. Substitutions are how I got myself into trouble causing me to start Operation Cocktail Redemption in the first place, but in this case, it works!
And now, let’s get Operation Cocktail Redemption underway with this tasty treat. Enjoy!
- ¼ cup fresh raspberries
- 1½ ounces vodka (I used Deep Eddy lemon flavored)
- ½ ounce raspberry liqueur
- 1 teaspoon simple syrup
- ¾ ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juice
- Ice cubes
- Twisted peel of lemon
- Muddle half the raspberries with the simple syrup. Press through a wire mesh strainer to remove seeds (unless you just don’t care).
- Combine the vodka, raspberry liqueur, and lemon juice with the raspberries and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker.
- Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.
- Pour into a glass and garnish with lemon garnishes and/or the remaining raspberries (optional).