Summer is on my mind! Fresh seasonal fruit is abundant and so are longer days, so happy hour isn’t as rushed for me – bonus! This week I played around with a fun new cocktail made with fresh raspberries, blood oranges, raspberry simple syrup, Veev, Aperol and lemon juice. I call my new cocktail The Summer Flirt
because it sent my tongue on a tangy-sweet trance and I couldn’t wait for more.
This summer cocktail flirted with me, and I flirted back! Dangerous, lol. Romance isn’t just for Valentine’s Day. So, if you could strain romance into a gorgeous coupe glass and share it with your love, you would, right? Well, that’s how I did it. And then you just have to love the color on this drink - vibrant red! The blood orange, aperol and raspberry combination really make this cocktail stand out. A real head turner.
This was a raspberry heavy week. I made Raspberry Lemonade Bars, and they turned out better than I imagined. I’m just so obsessed with the combination of raspberries and lemons, so of course I managed to make them into this drink as well. If you do make this drink and make the raspberry simple syrup, you’re one step closer to making my Raspberry Lemonade Bars because it’s in that recipe too – win-win!!
What are your favorite fruity combinations? Maybe you love something I’ve never tried before and I’d love to hear about it! It’s gonna be a hot summer, so flirt it up with my FLIRT COCKTAIL! ;)
The Flirt Cocktail
1 oz Veev
1/2 oz Aperol
*3/4 oz raspberry simple syrup
4 muddled raspberries
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
mint sprig, raspberry, bamboo skewer
*Raspberry Simple Syrup
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
Bring a 1/2 cup of water and a 1/2 cup of sugar to a boil and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add 12 muddled raspberries. Let steep for 30 minutes. Strain out seeds. Refrigerate for up to a week in an airtight container.
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Secure shaker top and shake until tin turns frosty cold. Strain liquid into a coupe glass or over fresh ice and add garnishes. Enjoy!