As is happens for most cocktails, the caipiroska now has a fruity version. This version adds fresh raspberries to the cocktail.
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What is Raspberry Caipiroska?
The raspberry caipiroska is a fruity take on the classic caipiroska, which in itself is a vodka-version of caipirinha. A raspberry caipiroska could also be viewed as a raspberry caipirinha, with vodka instead of cachaca.
You will need fresh raspberries for this, to get the freshest flavor possible, even if the overall cocktail won’t be too sweet. Here’s how to make one.
Raspberry Caipiroska Cocktail Recipe
- 2 oz vodka
- 2 lime wedges
- 2 tsp granulated sugar
- 5-7 raspberries
- In a shaker add lime, sugar, and raspberries. Muddle thoroughly.
- Add ice and vodka, shake very well.
- Strain into ice-filled rocks glass.
- The muddled fruit will make it hard to strain the drink, but be patient.
- The recipe calls for plain vodka, but I think lemon vodka would work great here.
When is this drink best ?
I think the raspberry caipiroska works great as a winter cocktail, despite the raspberries. It has a vodka base, which always reminds me of winter, and the beautiful red color of this cocktail will work really well with the festive spirit of the holidays. That being said, if you decide to serve this in the summer no one will be upset.
As for casual or not, I think this is a fun, colorful, bright cocktail and it’d work great as a dinner cocktail, perhaps even a dinner party entertaining guests and friends.
My thoughts on Raspberry Caipiroska
I liked the raspberry caipiroska better than the classic, even if just for the added fruity note. This isn’t a very sweet cocktail, it’s barely sweet but that small amount of sugar pairs well with the raspberries as boosts their flavor.
You can still taste the vodka, and it definitely burns so make no mistake; this isn’t a fun, overly sweet drink, despite its beauty.
If you like Raspberry Caipiroska, you might also like…
Strawberry Caipiroska – a caipiroska with added strawberries
Classic Caipiroska – the classic caipiroska, not for the faint of heart
Raspberry Mojito – a Mojito with raspberries, but the classic (muddled) version
Notes, substitutes, and tips
Once you muddle raspberries (alongside the limes) they will release a lot of pulp so straining the drink won’t be easy, but it’s still very possible.
You can up the sweetness in this by adding an extra teaspoon of sugar if you like.
The recipe calls for plain vodka, but I think a flavored one would work very well here. It could be another red fruit like strawberry or cherry, so it pairs well with the raspberries. Or it could be a lemon vodka, that always works great with raspberry.