Weekend Cocktail Ideas
Let’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
- 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
- LEMON-VANILLA SIMPLE SYRUP
- 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