There are many variations on the classic cosmo, and this is one of my favourites. Raspberry Cosmo Cocktail is sweet and tart and relies heavily on fresh raspberries for flavour and colour. Be sure to add a few fresh raspberries to the glass for presentation!
RASPBERRY COSMO COCKTAIL
Two weeks back, I posted a recipe for what everyone considers to be the classic, the original, the best cosmo cocktail. Remember how I talked about how I think Sex and the City is responsible for making the drink so appealing to the masses? Well, I think the original cosmo’s popularity also opened the door for other flavoured cosmos to step into the limelight too. Raspberry Cosmo Cocktail is one of my personal favourites.
The key to a really good Raspberry Cosmo is to extract as much flavour and colour from a bunch of fresh raspberries that you possibly can. Just like the cranberry juice in the original cocktail shines through, the raspberries are at the forefront in this one.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR THIS DRINK:
- Vodka – Vodka is a clear, unaged spirit. It is produced using any ingredient that has fermentable sugars such as rye, barley, or wheat. It can also be made with potatoes, grapes, or beets too. In its purest form, Vodka is colourless, odourless, and flavourless. But, there are many variations, most commonly vodkas infused with citrus or berries.
- Triple Sec – Triple Sec is used in so many cocktails. It would be unthinkable to not keep a bottle as part of your bar basics. It is clear in colour, and it is fragrant with orange peel and juicy citrus aroma and flavour. There’s a good balance of bitter and sweet. Triple Sec is often seen as a lower quality orange liqueur. But, if it’s good enough for Ina Garten, it’s good enough for me!
- Lime Juice – When you prepare a cocktail, do not use anything citrus-related bought in a jar. Use only fresh squeezed lime juice for the best results.
- Raspberry Syrup – You can buy raspberry syrup already prepared, but it’s very easy to prepare at home. All you need is raspberries and water. Boil it, mash it, and then strain it. Easy, right?
PREPARING THE RASPBERRY SYRUP
Raspberry syrup is really easy to make. I’m big on making syrups, so to me it is just second nature. Think of a syrup like a cordial or a squash. In essence, it is a thick, sweet, syrup you get from boiling the fruit or berry until it is completely broken down. Sometimes, depending on the fruit or berry, you can help it along by mashing it with a potato masher. You will need to strain the mixture before storing it in bottles.
I’ve made syrups with blueberries, red currants, peaches, and even lemons. Now, I’m going to share with you how to make a raspberry syrup. It’s very simple. Add one pint of fresh raspberries to a sauce pan. Next, add two tablespoons of water and four tablespoons of sugar. Turn the heat onto medium and bring the mixture to a low boil. Boil the raspberries until they are broken down and the mixture looks like a bubbling, red mess. That is the time to strain it.
To strain the mixture, place a colander into a bowl and line the colander with cheesecloth. Carefully pour the raspberry mixture into the cheesecloth and allow the liquid to drain through. You can use a rubber spatula to help it along by pushing gently on the pulp. Discard the pulp and seeds. Now you have raspberry syrup. Store syrup in a glass jar. Keep it in your fridge for up to three months.
HOW TO MAKE A RASPBERRY COSMO COCKTAIL:
To prepare a Raspberry Cosmo Cocktail, measure the vodka, triple sec, lime juice, and raspberry syrup over ice in a cocktail shaker. Give the mixture a quick shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.
This cocktail is beautifully pink and it looks amazing. You don’t need a garnish. But, I like to serve mine with a few fresh raspberries that have been skewered onto a cocktail pick. Doesn’t it look lovely?
Raspberry Cosmo Cocktail
- 1 3/4 ounces vodka
- 3/4 ounce triple sec
- 3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 ounce raspberry syrup
- fresh raspberries, for garnish
- Measure all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake for 30 seconds to chill.
- Pour into a chilled martini glass and serve immediately.