Raspberry-Mint Lime Rickey

Cocktails and mocktails made with real fruit juice always taste so delicious. I like to make many batches of different kinds of fruit syrup during the summer – they freeze beautifully and can help bring a little sunshine and warmth into the colder months of the year. The combination of raspberry and mint makes a really fantastic syrup; note that it’s best made a day or two before you want to start mixing drinks so it will be chilled. Using a contrasting but complementary fruit to garnish – in this case, blackberries – gives this updated version of a classic cocktail an extra visual appeal.

This classic lime cocktail gets a huge flavour and colour boost with raspberry and mint simple syrup.

This classic lime cocktail gets a huge flavour and colour boost with raspberry and mint simple syrup.

Ingredients

For the Raspberry-Mint Simple Syrup

  • 12 ounces (340 g) fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup (250 mL) tightly packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) water

For the cocktail

  • 1.5 ounces (45 mL) raspberry-mint syrup
  • 1.5 ounces (45 mL) Premium gin (I like Ungava)
  • 1 ounce (30 mL) freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Lime wedge
  • 4 ice cubes
  • Soda water
  • Blackberries (or raspberries) to garnish

Method

  • Combine raspberries, mint leaves and sugar in a medium saucepan. Stir well and let sit, covered, for 6 – 12 hours to macerate and draw juice out of the fruit.
  • Add water and bring to a boil then reduce heat to low.
  • Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
  • Let sit, covered, for 10 minutes then strain through a fine sieve, pressing down on solids to extract as much juice as possible.
  • Refrigerate in a tightly-covered jar until ready to use. Keeps in fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  • To create a cocktail, put syrup, gin, lime juice and lime wedge in a highball (tall) glass.
  • Add cubes and top with soda water. Garnish with berries.
  • To make a mocktail, simply omit the gin!

 

Makes 1 cocktail.

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About Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I play with words and with food. I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. I'm also an enthusiastic explorer of faraway lands and cuisines.
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3 Responses to Raspberry-Mint Lime Rickey

  1. Kim Smith says:

    This sounds delicious like all your recipes. Thanks for sharing them.

    Kim Smith

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