Thursday, July 5, 2012

My 4th of July Cocktail

#15 on my list of 28 Before 28 is to invent a delicious new cocktail. Mission Accomplished. May I introduce the Lexington and Concord*.
Here's the recipe:
1 small dollop Raspberry Syrup (see below)
1 shot iced Vodka
1 shot Sparkling Lemonade
Blueberry Garnish

For the Raspberry Syrup:
1/2 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup organic raspberries (frozen or fresh)

Pour sugar and water into a saucepan and bring to boil until sugar dissolves (about five minutes). Add raspberries. Return to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour into jar and allow to cool. Yields 1/2 cup.

Drip the chilled syrup into the bottom of a martini glass. In a second glass, pre-mix the vodka and lemonade, stirring slowly. Tilt the martini glass to the side and gently pour in the vodka and lemonade, taking care not to stir up the syrup. Garnish with three blueberries, preferably on a sexy toothpick, but floating works too. Enjoy!
It tastes like freedom and it's got a kick, just like the shot heard around the world.

*Naming credit goes to Matthew. Other options:
--Baby You're a Firework
--13 Gunshots
--Stars and Stripes Forever

♥ Shannon

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