Raspberry and lemon are long time friends. I attempted this martini before using lemon vodka or even raspberry vodka, but I felt the flavors were too artificial and overpowering that the lovely floral flavor of the Elderflower liquor, St-Germain, was lost in the mix. Thus, to impart the fresh raspberry and lemon flavor, I have used them only in the muddling process, so shake that martini shaker well! The lemon oils will release when they are crushed against the ice and the raspberry membranes will break up, leaving you with a pretty pink cocktail and the perfect linger of fruit on the palette.
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz St-Germain liqueur
- Splash of sparkling wine
- 1 large strip of lemon peel
- 4 frozen raspberries
- Ice cubes
- Add ice, 3 raspberries, lemon peel, vodka and St-Germain to a martini shaker and shake vigorously. Pour into a martini glass.
- Top with sparkling wine and garnish with an additional frozen raspberry to keep the drink chilled.