If vodka is your liquor of choice, you are going to love this Raspberry Lime Vodka Cocktail. Made with fresh raspberries and lime juice, this vodka cocktail is not only full of fruity flavor but is super refreshing too – a perfect drink on a hot summer day. Make a glass for one or two, or turn it into a big batch cocktail to serve at parties – it’s sure to be a winner!
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Raspberry Lime Vodka Cocktail
Back in my younger days (read: when I used to go out clubbing!) my drink of choice was vodka, lime and soda. The Raspberry Lime Vodka Cocktail that I’m sharing with you today, is an extension of my favourite alcoholic drink – thanks to the addition of a raspberry simple syrup. You can use still or sparkling water (or club soda, seltzer, or even tonic water) to make this beverage – just think of it like you’re making a glass of grown-up fruit squash!
And for anyone wondering what squash is (as I’m not sure if it is a term used outside the UK!) Wiki, as ever, has the best answer:
Squash (also known as cordial in British English), is a non-alcoholic concentrated syrup used in beverage making. It is usually fruit-flavored, made from fruit juice, water, and sugar or a sugar substitute. Modern squashes may also contain food colouring and additional flavouring.
Ingredients used in this cocktail
The ingredients in this cocktail are of course raspberries, limes, and vodka. If you want to amp up the fruit flavour, you could use a raspberry vodka or a lime vodka instead of the standard stuff.
But we also need to make a simple syrup with the raspberries, which means white sugar and water for that. Oh, and some more water to mix the cocktail together… and ice… mustn’t forget the ice!
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How to make a Raspberry Lime Vodka Cocktail
The base of this cocktail is a flavoured syrup – which starts life as a simple sugar syrup. The clue is in the name because it is really simple to make! You place equal measures of sugar and water in a pan and stir over medium heat. By the time it starts to simmer, the sugar is dissolved, and that’s it! You can then add flavourings like herbs, spices, edible flowers, and fruit.
The simple syrup in this cocktail recipe is flavoured with raspberries. Simply place the raspberries in a pan with sugar and water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer for 10 minutes, then mash everything through a sieve. Leave the syrup to cool, and that’s it!
You can then use the raspberry syrup in your cocktail making, and save any excess to use another time. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
There are several ways you can mix party cocktails – you can shake them, stir them, or blend them…. for this Raspberry Lime Vodka Cocktail, we’re going to get our Tom Cruise in the movie Cocktail groove on, and shake this bad boy up in a cocktail shaker.
To mix this cocktail, add the raspberry simple syrup, lime juice, vodka, and lots of ice to a cocktail shaker, and then you just shake, shake, shake until combined!
Don’t worry if you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you could just use a container with a tight-fitting lid – like a mason jar, water bottle, or even the cup on a blender or smoothie maker.
Pour your cocktail into a glass, filled with ice. I love using mason jars – but if it holds a drink, use whatever glass you like! Garnish with a slice of lime and a few raspberries, and enjoy!
Raspberry Lime Vodka Cocktail Variations
If you are a regular reader, you will know that I love to give options in my recipes when I can!
Raspberry Lime Mocktail
So that non-drinkers and kids can enjoy the flavours of this beverage, you can simply leave out the vodka, and they’ll be able to drink a refreshing Raspberry Lime Mocktail.
If you don’t want to fuss with making a syrup, you could buy a bottle of raspberry syrup to use instead
I love the Monin brand of syrups as there are lots of flavours and they are a very versatile ingredient that can be used in cocktails, mocktails, coffee, cocoa, shakes, smoothies, and more.
Raspberry Limeade Mocktail
Instead of adding water to mix the mocktail, use a lemon-lime soda such as Sprite or 7-Up. Stir, don’t shake your mocktail!
Raspberry Limeade Vodka Cocktail
Again, add lemon-lime soda to the cocktail instead of water. Remember: DO NOT SHAKE the cocktail! You’ll have a sticky mess everywhere!
Frozen Raspberry Lime Vodka Cocktail
Want to turn this beverage into a frozen slushie? Easy! Put all the ingredients in a blender with a generous amount of crushed ice – then blend till smooth. Serve with a straw, and watch out for brain freeze!
Raspberry Lime Mocktail Slushie
As above, leave out the vodka, add a ton of crushed ice and blitz in a blender till you get a slushie.
Raspberry Lime Vodka Party Punch
If you want to make this vodka cocktail for a crowd, you can make a large batch of it no problem!
As long as you use the same measuring container (glass, cup, jug etc) for the “1 part”, the ratios will be correct and you can make as much as you need to. Serve in drinks dispensers, pitchers, or go really retro and serve it from a punch bowl!
Make sure you add plenty of ice to your serving receptacle of choice and add lime slices and fresh raspberries too.
To make a batch of vodka party punch, mix together:
- 1 part vodka
- ¾ part lime juice
- 2 parts raspberry simple syrup
- still or sparkling water, club soda, seltzer, or tonic water to top up
- lime slices and raspberries to garnish (optional)
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Make It A Meal!
Looking for some mealtime inspiration to go with this raspberry lime cocktail? I’ve got you covered!
- Appetizer: Balsamic Mozzarella Stuffed Grape Tomatoes
- Main Dish: Shrimp Slaw Sandwich with Garlic Lemon Aioli
- Side Dish: Cypriot Potato Salad
- Another Beverage: Cucumber Cantaloupe Mint Fizz
- Dessert: Fruit Salad Cupcakes
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For the Raspberry Simple Syrup
- ¾ Cup. Raspberries
- 1 Cup. Water
- ¾ Cup. White Sugar
For the Cocktail
- 1 ½ oz. Vodka
- 2 Tbsp. Fresh lime juice
- ⅓ Cup. Raspberry simple syrup
- ¾ Cup. Water
- Lime slices and raspberries to garnish (optional)
- Make the raspberry simple ¾syrup by placing the water, sugar, and raspberries in a small pot over medium heat. When it comes to a boil, turn heat to low and simmer for 10 mins. Strain through a sieve over a bowl, pushing through to extract all the flavor. Set aside to cool completely.
- To make the cocktail, place water, raspberry simple syrup, lime juice, and vodka in a shaker filled with ice.
- Shake vigorously to combine.
- Strain over a large glass filled ice.
- Garnish with lime slices and raspberries (optional).
- You can use sparkling water, club soda, seltzer, or even tonic water in place of still water - just remember to stir NOT shake!
To make a big batch use:
- 1 part vodka
- ¾ part lime juice
- 2 parts raspberry simple syrup
- still or sparkling water, club soda, or seltzer to top up
As long as you use the same size measure for 1 part, the ratios will be correct.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 286Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 0gSugar: 47gProtein: 0g
This cocktail recipe is intended for adults of legal drinking age in your country of residence. Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.