Thursday, September 9, 2010

Thirsty Thursday…Raspberry Martini

Now I am not a big drinker, but I do enjoy a nice fruity cocktail every now and again. Things like margaritas and mojitos strike my fancy.

Yummy fruity margaritas

Since I am totally random, I thought maybe I would start posting some yummy cocktails on the blog every once in awhile.

I’m going to start with - drum roll please – a Raspberry Martini. My very favorite one of these is served at an Italian restaurant called Roman Cucina that our household frequents fairly often, and they call theirs the Razberry.

A quick side note:

If you live, or are ever in the Orange County, CA area, I urge you to try Roman Cucina. It’s so good. So so good (purely personal opinion, not a sponsored post). They have 4 locations, so there is surely to be one nearby (or near enough). We pretty much always take out of town visitors here and everyone loves it.

Now back to the drink…

They make their Razberry with Absolut Raspberri, Chambord, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and sweet & sour. Oh, and don’t forget the sugar rim.

Since I am not a bartender myself (I much prefer my drinks to be made for me), here is a Raspberry Martini recipe that I found online at Bar None Drinks.

Raspberry MartiniIngredients:

1 1/2 oz. Stolichnaya (Stoli) Raspberry Vodka

1 splash cranberry juice

1 splash sour mix

3/4 oz. Chambord


Shake the ingredients with ice (or stir if you prefer) until well chilled. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a raspberry (optional).

And since that Razberry martini from Roman Cucina is so very good, I would probably update the above recipe myself by also throwing in a splash of pineapple juice.

Imagine the great party you could plan around a Raspberry Martini signature drink.

I’m seeing visions of a French themed soiree with lots of varying shades of pink paired black and white stripes. Floral arrangements of anemones, Eiffel Tower decorations and vintage postcards, French macarons, and striking black and white bold-striped tablecloths. Ooooh, and crepes! This party would definitely need some crepes (my own personal recipe found here)!

Credit: Roman Cucina, margarita photo via Dallas Observer, raspberry martini photo via Al Dente, raspberry martini recipe from Bar None Drinks and Carlos Febres, French party photos via Heavenly Blooms and Hostess with the Mostess (here and here).

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