Updated: Apr 29
We’re at it again as we continue to expand on the category of desserts to include luscious libations such as this one. This exclusive cocktail recipe features citrusy tropical flavors of orange and pineapple complemented by berry flavors of raspberry and juniper.
The raspberry simple syrup isn’t solely limited to this recipe. Using a pastry brush dipped in the flavored simple syrup, coat a batch of freshly baked cupcake tops and cakes before frosting with icing. Doing so gives your baked treats an added dimension of flavor and enhances moistness which also helps extend the shelf life of your baked goods.
And while there are several brands and different types of gin to choose from, any London dry gin such as Tanqueray, Beefeater or Bombay Sapphire works well for this recipe as the botanicals from the juniper berry mingle well with the variety of juices and syrups used here.
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To prepare the raspberry simple syrup you'll need:
Raspberries – 3/4 cup of fresh raspberries are recommended when at the height of its season --- typically from beginning of June through the beginning of September --- but frozen is also a great alternative for year round enjoyment.
Granulated Sugar - 1/2 cup
Water - 1/2 cup
Orange juice – 1/2 cup
Pineapple juice – 1/4 cup
Grenadine – 3/4 ounce
Raspberry simple syrup - 1/3 ounce
London dry gin - 1 jigger or 3 tablespoons
Sliced oranges – 1 orange will yield enough slices to use as a cocktail garnish.
Whole raspberries – If using either fresh/frozen raspberries, set aside a small handful to use as a cocktail garnish.
Most of the equipment I used in this recipe are common items you’ll likely have on hand. I have, however, provided below links for the items used in this recipe. A quick look at my other blog posts shows that the equipment used here, once you have them, will be used many times over in the future for an array of recipes. You may be wondering if you need to use a jigger and a cocktail shaker. The expert mixologists at MasterClass.com put together a comprehensive list of essential barware equipment, and they highlight that using a cocktail shaker is an essential item when mixing up cocktails, such as this one, that call for shaking. Cocktails that include fruit juices --- such as this one--- yield a more balanced flavor of fruit and alcohol as just the right amount of diluting is involved in the process of shaking up the drink.
1. Small fine mesh strainer - to separate mashed raspberries when preparing simple syrup.
2. Scoop measuring cup - for the raspberries and ice, the cup pictured above comes as part of a dishwasher safe 5-piece set by All-Clad, which I highly recommend as each cup includes it's respective standard measurement that's permanently etched into the handle and won’t fade over time. These measuring cups will be part of your go to tools for all of your cooking, baking and cocktail preparation needs.
3. Wire masher - to easily mash up raspberries for simple syrup mixture.
4. Measuring spoons - if you love keeping your kitchen space organized, you'll appreciate the design of these dual sided and magnetized measuring spoons as they're space efficient as they nest together for easy storage, and precisely measure dry and wet ingredients from 1/8 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon.
5. Large spoon - to stir sugar for raspberry simple syrup.
6. 1 quart saucepan - to prepare the raspberry simple syrup. This Cuisinart version is a slightly updated model from the version pictured above, but it’s quite versatile as it’s oven and broiler safe (up to 500 degrees) and will last for years to come.
7. 1-cup capacity measuring cup - to measure out the larger quantities of liquids called for in this recipe. Pyrex is unbeatable when compared to other glass measuring cups as it's oven, microwave, fridge, freezer & dishwasher safe, not to mention voted as the "best" liquid measuring cup according to Cook's Illustrated .
8. Double-sided jigger - another handy kitchen tool as it measures small quantities of liquids ranging from 1/4 to 1-1/2 ounces.
9. Cocktail shaker - to perfectly mix up an unlimited range of beverages from iced tea, iced coffee drinks and your favorite adult libations.
Pour 1/2 cup water into saucepan.
Add 1/2 cup sugar into saucepan.
Set to medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Stir sugar until it has completely dissolved.
4. Remove saucepan from heat and carefully add raspberries as the simple syrup is still hot. Cover the saucepan with a lid and let the raspberries steep in the simple syrup for approximately one hour.
5. Using a masher, completely mash the raspberries in the saucepan. The syrup will be slightly thickened.
6. Set a fine mesh strainer over a measuring cup and in small batches pour raspberry simple syrup through the strainer. Discard the mashed raspberries. Set aside.
7. Add approximately 1/2 cup of ice to a cocktail shaker
8. Pour 1/2 cup orange juice
9. Pour 1/4 cup pineapple juice
10. Pour 1/3 ounce raspberry simple syrup
11. Pour 3/4 ounce grenadine
12. Pour 1 jigger gin
13. Cover cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for approximately 30 seconds.
14. Add ice to your beverage glass and pour contents from the cocktail shaker into glass.
15. Garnish with a quarter slice of an orange and a raspberry. Enjoy!
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