After careful observation, I think there are two types of people: Those who follow a recipe down to the very last detail and those who are a bit more improvisational. In my best dreams I am the former and all of my foodie creations come out looking like something out of Bon Appetit magazine, but in reality cooking for me is a little more like a creative experiment. A couple week’s ago, it was mid-afternoon on a Saturday and we found ourselves hosting a few friends in our backyard at moment’s notice. I grabbed a few bottles from the pantry, a couple items from the refrigerator and set out to create a quick cocktail that would be appropriate for a casual backyard shindig. The result? A bright, festive cocktail that is equal parts tasty and refreshing!
I have dubbed it the Raspberry Rumble!
Ingredients for two:
-two glasses filled with crushed ice
-1/2 c. rum
-1/2 c. + 1/4 c. fresh raspberries
-1 bottle of gingerale
-2 tsp. Rose’s grenadine
- 1/2 c. homemade simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
-regular size ice cubes
In a cocktail shaker combine rum, 1/2 c. raspberries, the juice of 1/2 a lime (cut other half into two quarters and garnish glasses), grenadine, simple syrup, large ice cubes (so that they crush the raspberries while shaking). Shake vigorously 50-75 times– there is no such thing as too many shakes! Strain liquid from cocktail shaker into glasses until about half full. Split remaining fresh raspberries between two glasses and top with a generous pour of fresh ginger ale for a little sparkle!
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Photos by Sam Sulam