Weekend Cocktail Ideas

Nielsen-massey Tahitian Vanilla cocktailLet’s raise a toast to warm weather and summer fun! Nielsen-Massey Vanillas sent a bottle of Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract and a recipe for a fruity little cocktail. This colorful, refreshing drink is a perfect thirst quencher for the end of a very long work week. And it would be ideal for a cool and comfortable outdoor dinner party. It combines Nielsen-Massey’s Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract, Pure Lemon Extract, fresh raspberries, and lime juice. Want a cocktail? Add vodka. Prefer mocktails? Add lemon sparkling water. Enjoy!

Lemon Lime Raspberry Twist

Author Nielsen-Massey Vanillas


  • 6 fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. Lemon-Vanilla Simple Syrup recipe below
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 2 oz. lemon sparkling water 3 oz. if omitting vodka
  • lime twist
  • 2 frozen raspberries
  • orange wedge
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Lemon Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract


  • To make simple syrup, add water, sugar and lemon extract to a small saucepan. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until syrup reduces, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat. After syrup has cooled, add vanilla extract and stir. Refrigerate unused syrup in an airtight container.
  • In a cocktail shaker, muddle fresh raspberries, lime juice and Lemon-Vanilla Simple Syrup. Add vodka and sparkling water; shake and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Drop lime twist and frozen raspberries into glass. Top with a freshly squeezed orange or lemon wedge.

Homemade Drink Tips from Nielsen-Massey

  • Use frozen fruit or juices in lieu of ice cubes to keep beverages from being watery
  • Instead of simple syrup, use a spoonful of marmalade or jam to add a sweet, fruity flavor
  • Punch or pitcher drinks are ideal for large parties. They’re easy to mix ahead of time, and ensure you have the opportunity to socialize with guests
  • Keep additional soda, sparkling water and juice on hand to make fun non-alcoholic drinks


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