This bourbon raspberry cocktail is made with bourbon, fresh raspberry syrup, lemon juice, orange juice and a splash of club soda. This is an easy craft cocktail to make at home without any fancy equipment or ingredients.
Why This is The Best Raspberry Bourbon Cocktail
- It’s made with homemade raspberry simple syrup. Homemade simple syrup, rather than syrup from a bottle, gives this cocktail a pure, authentic raspberry taste.
- Raspberry + Bourbon. This drink has the perfect balance between the sweet raspberry flavor and bourbon whiskey.
- No fancy ingredients. You can make this drink with simple ingredients you can find at the grocery store.
- Raspberries — Fresh or frozen raspberries will work. You only need a ½ cup to make a large batch of the syrup. If raspberries are not in season, frozen work just as well.
- Bourbon — Use your favorite type of medium quality bourbon whiskey. Generally higher end brands are not used in mixed drinks.
- Lemon Juice — Freshly squeezed lemon juice is the best. However, if you need to use artificial lemon juice, you can.
- Orange Juice — Use freshly squeezed orange juice. Store bought orange juice can overpower the cocktail flavor and give an artificial taste.
- Club Soda — This adds a bit of fizz to the cocktail.
To start, make the raspberry simple syrup. Heat the raspberries, sugar and water on a saucepan over medium heat.
Continue to heat for 5 to 10 minutes until the sugar has fully dissolved and the raspberries have broken down. Maintain a very gentle simmer, but don’t let the mixture boil.
Remove the syrup from the stove and strain out the leftover raspberry chunks. Let the syrup cool down for 5 to 10 minutes before mixing it into your cocktail.
In a cocktail shaker, add the raspberry syrup, bourbon, orange juice, lemon juice and a handful of ice.
Shake well, and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with club soda and serve.
Yes. Let them thaw (or at least partially thaw) before cooking them in the syrup.
Store leftover syrup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a couple of weeks.
- Make a large batch of syrup. This recipe makes enough raspberry syrup for about 3 to 4 cocktails. To save time in the future, make the syrup in advance and store it in the fridge.
- If you don’t have a cocktail shaker: You can use a mason jar filled with ice instead of a cocktail shaker. Strain the cocktail in a sieve before serving.