Raspberry Inspiration

Happy Father’s Day! — belatedly, since this post will go up after the event is over. We were three instead of four, and two of the three have been away on an extended trip. So Sunday dinner was a fairly casual event with an equally casual cocktail. Truth is, I’d done very little planning!

There is no history for this drink. It takes its inspiration from several classic cocktails — the Screwdriver and the Tequila Sunrise, for two — with the addition of Sour Puss, which is equally loved and hated by cocktail purists. I read a recipe for a similar cocktail using lemonade and honeydew melon (eww!) and improvised.

Here’s what we drank:

  • 1.25 oz Sour Puss Raspberry
  • 1 oz raspberry vodka
  • 4 oz unsweetened orange juice (or to taste)

In a highball glass (or whatever’s handy), pour the Sour Puss and vodka over ice. Top with orange juice and stir with long-handled spoon, adding more ice if needed.

The verdict: This was a Goldilocks of a drink: one vote for too sour, one vote for not that sour, and one vote for just the right amount of sourness. If you prefer a less sour presentation, invert the proportions of Sour Puss and vodka and/or use sweetened orange juice. Best served very cold: in my opinion, the drink lost its snap as it warmed up.

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