Easy to make
I have been asked in the past how I go about making my cocktails or drink recipes for the blog, and I think the key is remembering that a proper mixed drink has three components: the alcohol, the mixer, and the garnish.
Once you have those three things in your hand (and in your glass) you have a cocktail.
Sometimes, these components are complicated, but most of the time, they’re very simple. (Think of the Cape Codder: it’s just a vodka cranberry until you add the lime wedge!)
Now, if you really want to impress guests or party-goers, the easiest way to make a “new” cocktail is to switch out your mixer. Orange juice, Coca Cola, Tonic– those are the basics. (And if your really at a loss, always mix drinks with vodka. It has little to no flavor, is inexpensive, and goes well with pretty much everything. Fancy soda + vodka + garnish= easy party drinks.)
But in this day-in-age where sodas are getting healthier and juices are all the rage, a quick trip to Trader Joe’s is a cocktail maven’s daydream. I routinely pick up 4-packs of their spindrift seltzer. The seltzers are made with natural juice, are only 10 calories a can, and have no added sugar or sodium. A healthful (enough) drink to pop open on a summer day, yeah. But add some hooch and you’re 2/3 of the way to Cocktail City.
I’ve made a modified Paloma out of their grapefruit version, but today’s photo subject is the raspberry lime, which makes a fantastic, sweet raspberry cocktail.
I thought about the ingredients I had on hand– a new bottle of Tito’s vodka (one of my barcart staples), and I knew I had some mint sprigs in the fridge. My brain wracked itself: vodka and mint are the key ingredients in a Moscow Mule, but usually that’s mixed with ginger beer. Switch out the ginger beer with raspberry seltzer and what do you get? A raspberry mule, instead.