I was very bold last week and hadn't done my homework of making my own rhubarb vodka in order to make Aoife's amazing looking Allotmenteer's Reward (I'm hoping I might get one on my next trip to Cambridge, hint hint). I was seriously regretting my lack of preparedness for cocktail hour as reading Aoife's post and looking at the beautiful pictures gave me a fierce thirst for a pink drink of my own. Something had to be done. Fast.
Aoife's inclusion of fresh ginger in her cocktail inspired me to create something with ginger beer. I was suddenly struck with flashbacks to schoolday house parties and the premixed Smirnoff Mules that I was a fan of at the time; thankfully my alcohol preferences have become somewhat more sophisticated since then!
I'd a tiny problem with this idea though, a traditional Moscow Mule of Vodka, Lime and Ginger Beer was not going to satisfy my craving for a pink drink. Thankfully, Aoife made an inspired suggestion of shaking up some frozen raspberries with some vodka to make a super-quick infusion, I'm calling it my Lazy Woman's Raspberry Infused Vodka!
I made the infusion by adding approximately 20 frozen raspberries to about 300ml vodka, shook vigorously and left for about half an hour, shaking every 10 minutes or so. I was amazed at how quickly the vodka took on both the colour and flavour of the berries.
Raspberry Mule (Makes one)
50ml Lazy Woman's Infused Vodka
200ml Ginger Beer
Half a lime
Large handful ice cubes
2 raspberries to garnish (optional)
Juice the half lime directly in to a tall glass, add the squeezed lime half to the glass for some additional lime flavour. Measure your vodka and pour through a fine sieve to strain the raspberry seeds. Add the ice cubes and top up with ginger beer. Garnish with two raspberries on a cocktail stick and add a straw.
I was delighted to find Bundaberg Ginger Beer in Fallon and Byrne. I love the spicy flavour of this ginger beer and it brought back loads of great, sunny memories of my time bartending and waitressing in Brisbane.