The national drink of Brazil, the Caipirinha, is already a warm weather favorite thanks to its refreshingly tart, slightly sweet flavor. So we decided to take it one step further by blending it with ice to create a summer-ready frozen version. But if you’re craving something a bit fruitier and slightly sweeter, fresh summer berries and elderflower liqueur take the slushie drink to the next level of delicious.
Raspberries are always a surefire sign that summer has arrived, especially when they show up as a bright garnish in seasonal cocktails. But according to Will Benedetto, the cocktail curator for In Good Company Hospitality, blending them into drinks is the best way to get the most out of their flavor. "Raspberries are great to work with because they add their own flare and balance of sweetness and tartness,” Benedetto says. “Blending them will fully incorporate the raspberry balance and bring that beautiful raspberry brightness.” The berries also contributes to the overall consistency of a drink. “Some fruits, like apples or oranges, can be a little too fibrous to blend into a cocktail without infusing or straining,” he adds. “But for a frozen drink, raspberry pulp will only improve the texture of the cocktail."