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7 Amazing Raspberry Cocktails to Make with Chambord

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Back in the 17th century, French royals loved drinking raspberry liqueur during visits to the Loire Valley in the northwest of the country. This royal affectation inspired the royally delicious French liqueur called Chambord (which was invented in the ‘80s, long after the fall of the monarchy). While the brand has recently taken on a more egalitarian attitude, the liqueur still adds the rich, luxurious flavor of raspberries (plus various other berry relatives and infusions) to any cocktail. Here are our favorite ways to use Chambord in cocktails.

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Chambord is the only French thing about the French Martini. While it may not actually be a Martini, the drink is certainly as delightful as any French treat, macarons and creme brulées included. Made with vodka, pineapple juice and Chambord, the cocktail is bright on the palate and easy on the eyes.

The Essentials

Vodka
Pineapple Juice
Chambord
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Invented as a way to sell peach schnapps, the Sex on the Beach actually achieves its beautiful hue using Chambord. The raspberry flavor has a lot of competition with other fruits in the drink—with the schnapps, orange juice, and cranberry juice all competing for attention. But it wouldn’t be a Sex on the Beach without that signature raspberry flavor anchoring it all down.

The Essentials

Vodka
Peach Schnapps
Orange Juice
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You wouldn’t expect a raspberry liqueur to play well in a Long Island Iced Tea variation, but Chambord can hold its own against the quadruple threat of clear spirits that rip through this Highball. Blanco tequila, white rum, vodka and gin create a potent base, but it’s the Chambord that really sets this drink appart, adding a delightful fruitiness to the spirit-forward concoction.

The Essentials

All the spirits
Raspberry Liqueur
Lemon Juice
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Even 19th-century drinkers recognized the power of raspberry in cocktails. This early rum cocktail—made with raspberry liqueur, lime juice and curaçao—bursts with fruit and sweet rum, especially when made with rich Chambord. Garnish it with a helping of berries to really stoke the fresh fruit flavor.

The Essentials

Rum
Lime Juice
Raspberry Liqueur
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Another classic from way back, the Clover Club was the namesake drink of a fancy Philadelphia club for aristocratic drinkers, the sort of place where a bottle of Chambord would fit in perfectly. This thick gin cocktail gets its luscious texture from dry shaken egg whites, which combine with the raspberry liqueur to create a frothy red elixir packed with botanicals, bright lemon juice and sweet raspberry flavor.

The Essentials

Gin
Raspberry Liqueur
Egg Whites
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If you’ve never tried them together, ginger and raspberry make one heck of a combo. A spiced syrup made from ginger adds zip and a mild heat to this Gin Highball. While you could make this cocktail the historical way with fresh, muddled raspberries, Chambord turns the drink a shade darker and richer, a flavor that plays perfectly against the ginger, evoking raspberries slowly bubbling beneath a baking spice-laced crumble topping.

The Essentials

gin
raspberry liqueur
ginger syrup
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Play down Chambord’s royal imagery and play up its summertime, fruity vibes by creating this popsicle-spiked tequila cocktail. A riff on a frozen raspberry Margarita, the deep purple drink combines raspberry liqueur, tequila, lemon and lime juices, Cointreau and agave for a frosty refresher. Make it with Chambord and garnish with a raspberry-flavored popsicle for a warm weather winner.

The Essentials

Tequila
Sour Mix
Cointreau

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