Variations and Substitutions
You can stick to traditional ingredients or get crafty with some swaps or variations.
- Muddle strawberries with a splash of lemon juice for a bolder raspberry flavor.
- Try out vanilla, citron, or raspberry vodka.
- Skip the cranberry juice and use tart cherry juice.
- Add a splash of simple syrup if you'd like yours to be a bit sweeter. You can even use raspberry simple syrup.
- Use gin in place of vodka.
If you don't care for the upkeep of fresh raspberries, or you're looking for something different, consider a few of these garnishes.
- Pierce several fresh berries, such as blueberries or strawberries, with the raspberries.
- Use a lemon wheel, wedge, or slice.
- A lemon ribbon, twist, or peel adds a bright pop of color, same for lime.
- For a sweeter citrus flavor, opt for an orange.
About the Raspberry Martini
To know where you're going, it helps to know where you're coming from, and such is the case with the raspberry martini. Although it's not a classic cocktail, it's a bit of a mash-up of a classic drink and pairing with a familiar ingredient: raspberry liqueur. The clover club is a classic egg white and gin cocktail with a raspberry-forward taste.
The raspberry martini swaps a few things around but, at its core, keeps that same delicious raspberry flavor as the star. There's a world of raspberry liqueurs to choose from, the most well-known being Chambord. This French liqueur has been in production since the 1980s and uses a raspberry liqueur recipe first used in the late 17th century.
Red, Red Raspberry, Stay Close to Me
The raspberry martini will deliver that summery, juicy flavor, whether you like raspberries are in or out of season. Go ahead and treat yourself; it should be summer year-round.