It’s Friday and you know what that means? Happy hour!
Happy hour B.C. (before children) typically occurred in a restaurant, but just because we have kids that want to spend their Friday afternoons running around the backyard doesn’t mean that these two parents can’t enjoy a little happy hour fun right?
The hubs and I have recently been playing around with some fun cocktail recipes. We love a good mojito and we also really like cocktails made with vodka. Aparently when the two get married a “vojito” is born!
So we did a little experimenting and came up with this super yummy, perfect for summer raspberry vojito with a twist. Who says you have to use rum when mixing up a mojito? Not us!
This is going to be the perfect drink to mix up this summer!
This recipe makes 4 vojitos.
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup of water
- 4 oz. of raspberries
- sweetened lime juice or lime juice
- tonic water, soda water, or sprite
Raspberry simple syrup:
The first step is to make a raspberry simple syrup. It is really easy.
Just combine the sugar, water, and raspberries in a small saucepan and bring just under a boil. Turn to low and simmer until slightly thick, about 5 minutes.
Strain into a glass bowl to remove the seeds and let it cool before making your cocktail.
Mixing your Raspberry “Vojito”:
In a shaker, gently press the leaves of a bunch of mint using the back of a spoon. You want to press enough to release the oils, but not too much or you’ll make your drink bitter.
Add the simple syrup, and 1 part lime juice (use sweetened lime juice if you like your drinks sweeter,) and shake to infuse the mint with the syrup.
Fill the shaker with ice and 4 parts vodka. Shake for about 30 seconds.
Fill each glass (4 glasses) 1/2 way with your mixture and top with tonic water, soda water, or sprite.
* We liked ours with sweetened lime juice and tonic water. It made it not too sweet and just a little bit dry. If you like sweet drinks, go with sprite, and soda water would be a neutral. Work with what you have on hand.
Garnish with a slice of lime and a few mint leaves. Sip and be happy!