How to Make a Raspberry Cosmopolitan

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Shake your way to a sweet-tart cocktail with all of the pizazz of the classic Cosmopolitan, but with a fun twist. You have several options for adding raspberry flavor to your drink, from the subtle nuances of a cranberry-raspberry blend to using raspberry liqueur and/or raspberry juice. However you decide to assemble your cocktail, taste it as you go to find the recipe that fits your fancy.

Necessary Equipment

Like any good martini, this cocktail relies on a few basic pieces of equipment. To mix and serve a raspberry Cosmopolitan, consider using one or more of the following options:

  • Jiggers, which are utensils that can be found in most stores that sell kitchen goods. This hourglass-shaped implement generally  measures 1 1/2 ounces from the larger cup, and 3/4 ounce from the smaller cup. 
  • Measuring cups, which you most likely already have in your kitchen. These simple tools come in plastic, glass and metal options. Smaller, mini measuring cups may have a mark for odd measurements such as 3/4 ounce, but you can typically eyeball the level with reasonably accurate results.
  • Cocktail shakers, which usually come in two styles. The cobbler is among the most familiar, with its three-piece design. Alternatively, the Boston shaker is made of a mixing glass and a shaking tin. If you use a Boston shaker, you may also need a strainer.
  • Bar spoons, an alternative to the cocktail shaker if you prefer your raspberry Cosmopolitan stirred rather than shaken. These long-necked spoons easily reach the bottom of mixing glasses and usually have a nifty shape that makes it easy to spin the spoon while you stir.
  • Martini glasses, which are a classic vessel for holding martinis and offshoot cocktails such as Cosmopolitans. Another option is the coupe glass, which got its start as a Champagne glass but has an open, bowl shape that isn't ideal for sparkling beverages. It is, however, a bit less prone to tipping over than a classic martini glass according to food blog, Serious Eats. To keep your raspberry Cosmopolitan cold, chill the glass before filling it with the concoction.

Basic Ingredients

Just like the classic Cosmopolitan, you can make a raspberry version using just 4 ingredients: vodka, orange liqueur, lime juice and cranberry juice. Swap the plain cranberry for cranberry-raspberry juice and garnish the drink with fresh raspberries. If you want more of a raspberry-forward version, there are several options.

  • Use raspberry-flavored vodka in place of plain vodka
  • Replace half -- or all -- of the orange liqueur with raspberry liqueur
  • Switch from cranberry juice to fresh, homemade raspberry juice

Tip

  • To make raspberry juice, boil raspberries with enough water to make them float. Mash the berries, cool them and strain the pulp and seeds before sweetening the concentrated juice to taste with sugar or honey.

Shake It Up

If you prefer to keep your prep simple, you can stir the ingredients together -- this is when a bar spoon comes in handy. For the best texture, Serious Eats recommends shaking any cocktail that contains juice.

Step 1

Measure and add the ingredients to your mixing glass or shaker.

Step 2

Fill the shaker halfway with ice. Alternatively, add two 2-inch ice cubes. Larger cubes break down more slowly so they are less likely to dilute the mixture.

Step 3

Close the shaker and mix the ingredients vigorously for 15 to 30 seconds. When the cocktail is properly shaken, you should be able to hear pieces of ice rattling against the sides.

Step 4

Strain the cocktail into a glass and garnish it as desired with raspberries, a wheel of lime or a twist of orange.

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