Raspberry Martini Recipe
Raspberry martini is a classy cocktail with a beautiful pink color and smooth sweet taste. It’s the perfect drink for celebrating the New Year or Valentine’s Day with your special someone.
This easy Raspberry Martini can really add a special something to an occasion like New Years or Valentine’s day. You could even make these fun pink cocktails for date night or girls’ night in.
Let’s face it we all need a drink after 2020. This simple martini is perfect when you want to feel a little fancy, and if you want to try something different try our winter red wine sangria, or add a little rum or brandy to our keto eggnog.
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What Goes in a Raspberry Martini?
Get your martini glass and cocktail shaker set ready, you’re making raspberry cocktails tonight!
You don’t need much for these drinks, just:
- Raspberry simple syrup – See the ingredients for this below.
- Cranberry juice – Helps add some tartness and a bit of sweetness, but also really gives the drink a pinkish-red hue.
- The Good Stuff – For the alcohol, you’ll need Dry Vermouth and either gin or vodka.
- Ice – This drink is served cold.
- Fresh Raspberries – Fresh raspberries add some flavor and garnish. If you’re making this for Valentine’s Day buy some extra and make raspberry mousse red velvet cake!
To help add sweetness, we use a simple sugar syrup. Here’s what you need for that:
- Sugar – We use white, granulated sugar for this.
- Water – You can use tap, spring, or filtered water.
- Fresh raspberries – Fresh raspberries work best but you can use frozen if you prefer.
How to Make a Raspberry Martini
Step 1 – Make the simple syrup. In a small saucepan, combine the syrup ingredients and use a spoon to lightly crush the raspberries.
Bring the ingredients to a simmer over medium heat. Once it starts to simmer, let it cook for about 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and pour into a cup through a fine mesh strainer. This helps remove any remaining grains of sugar that might otherwise make it into the drink.
Let it cool completely. If you make a larger batch, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Step 2 – Make the martini. Add the raspberry simple syrup, cranberry juice, dry vermouth, vodka, and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake together for 10 seconds.
Using a cocktail strainer, pour the drink into a martini glass. Garnish with fresh raspberries and serve immediately.
What is a Simple Syrup?
A simple syrup is 1 part water and 1 part sugar. The water is heated to allow the sugar to dissolve into the liquid more easily and quickly.
In this recipe, we added some fresh raspberries. The addition gives the syrup a raspberry flavor.
A simple syrup is great for a drink because it creates a smooth, liquid sweetener. When added to the drink, you won’t see the syrup, but you’ll taste the sweetness. And you won’t have grainy bits of sugar like you would if you tried to add it directly to the drink.
Is a Martini Gin or Vodka?
Martinis are traditionally made with gin. If you are a purest or traditionalist like us, then go with gin. But for a slightly smoother, more modern tone, use vodka. Either way, you’ll have a delicious drink ready to serve your sweetheart or guests.
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Raspberry Simple Syrup:
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ cup water
- 6 ounces Fresh raspberries
- ½ ounce Raspberry simple syrup
- ½ ounce Cranberry juice
- ½ ounce Dry Vermouth
- 2 ounces Gin or Vodka
- ½ cup Ice
- 6 Fresh Raspberries
Raspberry simple syrup:
- Combine ingredients in saucepan and use a spoon to lightly crush the raspberries.
- Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Once simmering let cook for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and pour into a cup through a fine mesh strainer.
- Let cool completely.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- Add raspberry simple syrup, cranberry juice, dry vermouth, vodka, and ice to a cocktail shaker.
- Shake together for 10 seconds.
- use a cocktail strainer and pour the drink into a martini glass.
- Garnish with fresh raspberries and serve immediately.