The sweet-tart flavor of a raspberry brings out the best in all sorts of things: ice cream, sparkling water, Sour Patch Kids (let’s all agree that raspberry Sour Patch Kids are the best of the bunch). It also makes one heck of a cocktail. Whether it comes in the form of fresh muddled berries, raspberry liqueur or even granita, the raspberry in these drinks will provide a berry fix. Here, our favorite raspberry cocktails.
The 7 Best Raspberry Cocktails
A survivor of the late ‘80s/early ‘90s cocktail dark ages, the mix of vodka, pineapple juice and Chambord is sweet to be sure, but not overly so. Shake one of these up for a little bit of ‘90s nostalgia.
The Clover Club dates back to the 1880s, when it was invented at the eponymous club and became beloved by the well-heeled clientele there. The egg white gives the drink a smooth, velvety feel that goes well with the raspberry flavor.
Likely the very first raspberry cocktail on American shores (at least the first one with a recipe that was written down), the Knickerbocker dates back to the time of Jerry Thomas and his early cocktail book, The Bon Vivant’s Companion. It includes both raspberry and orange liqueurs and, because it comes in a glass full of crushed ice, it makes an excellent summertime porch sipper.
This tall, fruity drink was originally made with fresh muddled raspberries (and you can use them if you want—four or five will do the trick), but we like this version made with raspberry liqueur for an extra boozy kick.
You wouldn’t think that a drink that looks like it should be eaten with a spoon would become the most popular on a bar’s menu. But that’s exactly what happened at New York’s Ayza Wine and Chocolate Bar. This one is strictly for dessert, as it’s made with Kahlúa, heavy cream and high-end dark chocolate.
This frozen raspberry Margarita comes courtesy of The Rustic in Dallas. The bar garnishes the drink with an alcoholic popsicle from a local shop dedicated to making the frozen treats, but you don’t need one to enjoy this cocktail. It’s sweet, sour and has 5.5 ounces of alcohol in it, so it’s plenty strong.
Both sweet and funky (thanks to the addition of balsamic vinegar) this is part cocktail, part dessert. It’s sneakily easy to make and will definitely impress whomever you serve it to. We won’t tell if you won’t.