Last weekend the sun finally came out, and it was warm enough to sit outside on our beautiful deck that my husband built. We were having another couple over for dinner (although he tends to do most of the cooking as he was a contestant on Master Chef Canada!), and I decided a cocktail was in order. Tyler was a bartender for almost a decade (that's how we met), and he always reminds me that ice is the key to creating a good cocktail. Most people put in just a few cubes, but you should really pack the glass full. Anyways, after checking on our ice supply I glanced in the fridge to see what would go well with vodka. I spied raspberries and mint, and knew we couldn't go wrong. We have the best little tool - an immersion blender, that works perfectly for puréeing small amounts of food without the mess of a food processor.
Raspberry (or strawberry) Mint Cocktails:
an ounce or two of vodka
full glass of ice
a few mint leaves
squeeze of lemon
puréed raspberries - about a tablespoon
Place a few ice cubes in a glass, and add vodka, mint, and the raspberry purée. Mash up with a wooden spoon handle. Fill the glass with ice, top with soda water. Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice and garnish with a sprig of mint. Cheers!