Once again I received a whole bunch of fresh lemons after a trip to California. Instead of making a Lemon Drop Martini or a Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini with the lemons, I decided to make a Raspberry Lemon Drop Martini.
At first I tried making this raspberry lemon drop martini with raspberry vodka and Chambord liqueur. It wasn’t coming together the way I wanted it to. The Chambord was giving the drink a weird syrupy taste. I decided to switch the raspberry liqueur and instead use fresh raspberries.
It was much, much, much better. The muddled raspberries were exactly what the drink needed.
For the vodka, I used Smirnoff Raspberry Twist Vodka. I had some little bottles of it left over from a conference I attended and figured I might as well use them up. Although I’m still shocked I came home with booze. It must have been because of the free drink tickets I had. Better to drink someone else’s booze first, right?
If you were so inclined, you could make your own raspberry infused vodka. It does take some time to infuse so you would have to be patient. And I know that’s not easy.
Raspberry Lemon Drop Martini
3-4 organic raspberries
2 ounces Raspberry Vodka
1 fresh squeezed lemon (approximately 1 1/2 to 2 ounces)
1 tablespoon simple syrup
Lemon wheel and fresh raspberries for garnish
In a cocktail shaker, muddle organic raspberries with simple syrup.
Add raspberry vodka and lemon juice with ice.
Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a raspberries on a skewer and a lemon wheel.
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