Let's be real sometimes we can use a little cocktail or... a big cocktail. I first started experimenting with cooking, baking, & drink-making when I was in college. I really had to learn to think outside the box as far as cooking because it was all on me to create a good meal. Mum wasn't there to make scrumptious food anymore.
This drink is kind of inspired by my college days watching Pantry Raid, a show where this chef visits people's houses & makes a gourmet dish solely with what's already in the pantry. I had a few friends over a couple weeks ago & someone left half of their raspberry vodka. I thought what the hell this stuff is disgusting anyway so I'm gonna make a delicious drink out of it.
// Ingredients //
+ 2 oz. raspberry flavored vodka
+ 4 oz. cranberry raspberry juice
+ 4 oz. sparkling water
+ handful of ice
+ frozen raspberries for garnish
I like the idea of a strong drink, but I also don't want to taste immense amounts of alcohol, so this recipe is based on a person such as myself -- they would rather enjoy the drink than gag on it. You can change this according to your taste preferences.
I made the Cranberry Raspberry Vodka in a large glass because I was sharing with my boyfriend. We like to do less dishes if possible, so this drink is for two. You can make a smaller version using half the ingredients or you can have one giant drink if you had a rough day. ;]
// How to make it //
1. Start off by pouring two shots of the raspberry vodka. One shot equals 1 ounce aka this will be 2 ounces of vodka.
2. Next up is your sparkling water & juice, I added equal parts sparkling water & juice. In this case, 4 ounces of each.
3. Plop in several ice cubes to completely chill your drink.
4. Top off with some frozen raspberries.
5. Stir everything together. Let it settle & chill briefly.
Now you may sip on your delectable drink. The frozen raspberries really give it a nice look. I was also really surprised that the frozen raspberries basically shatter when you try to crush them. Feel free to alter this to fit your beverage needs. If it's is too sweet add more sparkling water. If it's not enough liquor for you give yourself another shot. If it's kind of bland & watery give yourself some juice or top it off with more frozen raspberries.
Enjoy your drink! I would love to know: What is your liquor of choice? Are you a beer person? Vodka person? Random tequila person? Or do you not like alcohol at all & you completely skipped over these posts? If so I am sorry about that I can include more smoothie, tea, & other non-alcoholic concoctions as well.
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