This bourbon raspberry cocktail is made with muddled raspberries, brown sugar and lemon juice. Splashed with a shot of bourbon, a dash of orange juice and club soda. This is an easy cocktail to make without any fancy equipment in less than five minutes.
This bourbon raspberry cocktail emphasizes the fresh raspberry flavor with just a hint of bourbon. I prefer drinks that are not too heavy tasting on the alcohol — I’m not a fan of bourbon on the rocks for example. But in a fruity cocktail, and especially with raspberries, it tastes delicious. Bourbon also goes exceptionally well with pears, such as in this Pear Bourbon Cocktail.
Other cocktails I’ve made tend to include simple syrup, but not this one. Instead, brown sugar is used to add a bit of sweetness. Raspberries + brown sugar + bourbon have a really delicious taste together. So if you don’t have simple syrup on hand, this is a great cocktail to make in just a few minutes.
- Raspberries — Fresh raspberries only! You only need a mini handful for each cocktail, but in drinks, flavor is everything. Fresh fruit always tastes best.
- Brown Sugar — Brown sugar goes rest well with the bourbon for this drink. Try not to substitute it with white sugar.
- Lemon Juice — Same as for the raspberries, freshly squeezed lemon juice is best. However, if you need to use artificial lemon juice, you can.
- Orange Juice — Freshly squeezed is ideal but artificial is ok as well.
- Bourbon — Use your favorite type of bourbon. This cocktail tastes really good with whisky as well.
- Club Soda — The club soda adds lots of fizz. You can substitute this with 7up, Sprite, or Perrier.
This raspberry cocktail is so quick to make. To start, muddle together the raspberries, brown sugar and lemon juice in the bottom of your cocktail glass. You can use a muddler or a fork — it will work the same way. Smash up the raspberry mixture into a smooth paste with no raspberry chunks left.
Add the orange juice and bourbon, giving the drink a bit of a stir. Then top off with club soda. Stir again before serving — the muddle raspberries will naturally settle on the bottom of the drink a bit.
I prefer to keep the club soda in the fridge right up to serving instead of using ice to avoid dilution. However, you can use ice cubes in this cocktail if you really love an ice cold drink — just cut back slightly on the club soda so when the ice melts it is not too watery.