After the resounding success of our Strawberry Whiskey Smash, I wanted to experiment a bit more with these fun classic summer cocktails, and set my eyes on perfecting a Raspberry Lime Gin Smash.
I first shared this Raspberry Gin Rickey recipe on my friend Amanda’s site.
Raspberry Gin Smash Recipe
The Gin Smash came about as a clear-spirit response to the Kentucky classic, the Mint Julep. It’s typically a muddled drink of mint, gin and seltzer or soda water.
While a raspberry mint gin smash would have been lovely, I’ve been using mint a lot these days and decided to look at another classic gin cocktail – the gin rickey, for the ultimate mash-up.
A gin rickey is a classic gin cocktail that was first made in a shoemaker’s bar in Washington, DC in the 1880s. By the 1890s, “soda fountains” had started popping up in pharmacies, with pharmacists doling out everything from mineral salt-enhanced waters to milkshakes, sodas, and cocktails like this! There were even books and manuals put out listing the healing properties of all the sodas and cocktails that could be found in the nation’s soda fountains.
Depending on where you are from, a gin rickey was supposed to either have a strong lime flavor, or a raspberry-lime (New England) or cherry-lime (New York) flavor.
So, rather than muddle up mint for a proper smash, I muddled up some raspberries.
This cocktail is sweeter than a traditional Gin Rickey, but swaps the strong flavor of mint in a traditional Gin Smash for the tart kick of lime. Of course, you can add in the mint, or swap out the fruit as you see fit.
This refreshing Raspberry Lime Gin Smash is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day. Just thinking of it makes me want to drop everything, buy some lobster, and have a New England-style cookout on the patio complete with lobster sliders and bacon clam chowder.
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To make a pitcher of these raspberry gin smash cocktails, combine 1 cup simple syrup (or to taste), 1 cup fresh lime juice, 1 1/2 cups gin, 4 cups soda water. You will need about 1 1/2 cups raspberries and 2 limes for garnishing.
Ingredients for Raspberry Gin Cocktail
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: if you already have simple syrup, swap that in for the first two ingredients.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Sharp kitchen knife
- Liquid measure
- Muddler/cocktail stick
- Ice maker
I really loved using my gorgeous Omishome Bartending Kit to make this recipe. The pretty bamboo holder contains all of the tools you need to make perfect cocktails, and those pretty gold tools add a touch of class to your home bar set-up.
How to Make a Gin Smash Cocktail
In a small pot, combine the sugar and water. Heat over medium-high heat until the mixture comes to a boil and the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool, approximately 10 minutes. You have just made your own simple syrup!
Meanwhile, slice your limes and muddle 2-3 raspberries in the bottom of each serving glass. (If you have an ice maker, gather about 4 cups of ice.)
Add 2 Tablespoons lime juice, 2 Tablespoons simple syrup, and 3 Tablespoons gin to each glass, overtop of the raspberries. Top with 1 cup of ice and 1/2 cup of soda water.
Garnish as desired, with lime slices and additional raspberries.
Grab your free printable for our quick and easy raspberry gin cocktail:
For the Simple Syrup:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
For the Cocktail:
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 4 oz fresh lime juice
- 3 oz gin
- 1 cup soda water
- 1 limes
- Ice, as needed
- Mint, optional
To Make the Simple Syrup
- In a small pot, combine the sugar and 1/2 cup water. Heat over medium-high heat until the mixture comes to a boil and the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool, approximately 10 minutes. You have just made your own simple syrup!
To Make the Raspberry Lime Gin Smash
- Meanwhile, slice your limes and muddle 2-3 raspberries in the bottom of each serving glass. (If you have an ice maker, gather about 4 cups of ice.
- Add 1 oz lime juice, 1 oz simple syrup, and 1.5 oz gin to each glass, overtop of the raspberries. Top with 1 cup of ice and 1/2 cup of soda water.
- Garnish as desired, with lime slices and additional raspberries.
- Serve immediately.
For a pitcher of Gin Smash cocktails, you will need:
- 1 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 1/2 cups gin
- 4 cups soda water
- 2 limes
- Ice, as needed
- Mint, optional
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 229Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 113gFiber: 3gSugar: 103gProtein: 1g
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This refreshing raspberry gin cocktail is perfect summer sipping – what’s your favorite summer cocktail recipe?