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A twist on the traditional Tom Collins, this Raspberry Lemon Vodka Collins is bright, refreshing, and the perfect summer drink.
If you need a colorful, fun, refreshing, and delicious drink to get you through the scorching heat this summer, you’ve come to the right place! My raspberry lemon vodka collins is all of the above and is the perfect drink to serve at your 4th of July celebrations, outdoor gatherings and summer barbecues. Just look at that color! No one will be able to resist.
A traditional Tom Collins is made using gin, but I decided to switch things up and use vodka instead. When choosing vodka, it’s important to choose one of superior quality. The quality of the vodka can make or break a drink (don’t ask me how I know)! SVEDKA is one of the top ten spirit brands in the US, but it is also the #1 imported (from Sweden) vodka in the US. So naturally, it was my vodka of choice.
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The first step in this raspberry lemon vodka collins is the raspberry extract. It takes a few days to make, but once you’ve made it, it can last all summer! Simply blanch fresh raspberries in boiling water, shock it in an ice bath and let it sit in vodka for 3 to 7 days. The result will be a pure and beautifully colored raspberry extract.
Once you have the raspberry extract, the hard part’s over. The rest is simply mixing vodka with simple syrup, limoncello, and sparkling water. Pour it into sugar-rimmed glasses, spoon over the raspberry extract, and garnish with some lemon slices.
Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy the celebration!
Yields 4 servings
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- 1 cup SVEDKA vodka
- 7 lemons plus more to garnish
- 4 tablespoons granualted sugar
- 1 1/2 cups SVEDKA vodka
- 6 tablespoon simple syrup
- 1/4 cup limoncello
- 1 1/2 cups sparkling water
Fill a small saucepan 3/4 way with water and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and add the raspberries. Let simmer for 15 seconds.
Use a slotted spoon to transfer the raspberries to an ice bath and let cool for 30 seconds.
Transfer to paper towel lined plate to blot excess water.
Add raspberries to a glass jar with a tight fitting lid and add the vodka. Shake, cover, and let sit in a dark and cool area for 3 to 7 days.
Halve the lemons and juice about 1 cup of lemon juice. Set aside.
Use the juiced lemons to "wipe" the rims of 4 serving glasses. To a shallow dish, add the sugar. Dip the wet glass rims into the sugar and set aside, rim side up, to dry.
Meanwhile, in a large pitcher, combine the lemon juice, vodka, simple syrup, limoncello, and sparkling water. Stir well to combine.
Divide the vodka collins amongst the serving glasses. Use a small spoon to gently spoon the raspberry extract over the vodka collins.
Garnish with lemon slices and serve immediately.
Inspired by Ina Garten’s Limoncello Vodka Collins from Cooking for Jeffrey.
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