Alright, here’s the thing. At home I drink water and coffee and the occasional cup of tea. That is it. I will have something fancy (cocktails) or different (juice). But that is if I am out at a café or restaurant, or catching up with friends for a drink. But I am a creature of habit when it comes to beverages at home.
Which meant coming up with a colourful celebration drink for this month’s Recipe ReDux was out of my comfort zone. I had to think of something I would actually WANT to drink. And then I remembered as a kid, how much I loved raspberry soda (or just a ‘Raspberry’) that you get from the pub.
So, I thought I would create a grown-up version of a raspberry soda that captured the fizz and colour of my childhood memory but without as much sweetness. A version that you can drink as a mocktail, or as a cocktail. It is essentially just a raspberry syrup which you can then use to build your drink upon. I have chosen to keep it simple with ice, soda water and fresh raspberries.
It looks a bit fancy, but really isn’t and is quite refreshing. And really, without adding the alcohol, it can still be a drink that kids can enjoy!
A quick and simple raspberry syrup makes a refreshing raspberry soda. Serve in a fancy glass and a raspberry soda becomes a mocktail.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: Makes 125ml syrup (roughly 5 drinks if served in lowball glass as shown)
200g frozen raspberries, plus extra to serve
½ teaspoon sugar
3 tablespoons water
- Place raspberries, sugar and water into a small saucepan. Cook over a low heat for 5-7 minutes until the raspberries have broken down.
- Pour the raspberries through a fine sieve into a bowl to strain the syrup from the seeds and pulp. Use the back of a spoon to gently push remaining syrup through. Allow syrup to cool
- Add some ice to each glass (I prefer to use lowball glasses). Use the shot glass to pour 30ml syrup into each glass. Then top with soda water.
- Garnish with extra raspberries and serve
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