I was provided with compensation for this post, either monetarily or in product. The opinions however, are 100% my own.When I was growing up, my parents were friends with the Dilly family. The Dad was Gene and he was about 6’5″ and his wife, Jean, was about 5’1″. We called them Big Gene and Little Jean. They had a huge house and they filled it with 10 kids! They were our best friends until we moved away from Ohio when I was 10. The basement of the Dilly home was what we called a “Rumpus Room” back in the day. This was like a family room but fancier! In the right hand corner, there was a pretty large wet bar where Big Gene and my dad would mix up cocktails for the grown ups. One of my mom and Little Jean’s top requests from Big Gene and my dad was a Raspberry Cosmopolitan Martini Recipe. I remember because it was mom’s “signature” drink for many years (and it was a pretty pinkish red color, which I liked.) If you do not like raspberries, you may enjoy this Pomegranate Martini Recipe.
My sister and I and the older Dilly kids would watch as Big Gene and my dad would mix up the Raspberry Cosmopolitan Martini Recipe. Big Gene had all these accessories in the wet bar he used when he was mixing drinks. He had this really long spoon he used on dad’s Long Island Iced Tea. When he made mom and Little Jean’s favorite Raspberry Cosmopolitan Martini Recipe, he used a shaker and then he strained it into their martini glasses. When the grown ups were done mixing drinks and Big Gene had cleaned everything up, the older kids and I would pretend we were bartenders, mixing up a batch of that pretty Raspberry Cosmopolitan Martini Recipe!
I recently received the DIY Cocktail Kit from MakersKit, which retails for $36. I swear, sans the Mason Jar, the kit was a duplicate of what Big Gene had in his wet bar when he made that Raspberry Cosmopolitan Martini Recipe!! It has been so much fun playing around with the MakersKit Classic Cocktails Bar Set! It made me feel oddly like a kid and a grown up, all at the same time! Of course, I had to give it a try and make a pitcher of the Raspberry Cosmopolitan Martini Recipe in honor of mom and Little Jean. I promise, this bar set makes creating your own cocktails a breeze. This bar set is made to commercial standards for bars and restaurants. It would make the perfect gift for a new home, a wedding or birthday, or your own cocktail party! The kit includes a quart sized Mason Jar Shaker, Stainless Steel Strainer, Double Jigger, 1 & 1.5 oz., Hardwood Muddler, Ice Tongs, Cocktail Stir Spoon and 2 Pour Spouts.
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Raspberry Cosmopolitan Martini Recipe
- 4 fluid ounces smirnoff raspberry vodka, chilled in freezer
- 1 fluid ounce triple sec
- 1 fresh lime juice
- 3 fluid ounces cranberry juice
- 3 fluid ounces raspberry juice
- 2 cups frozen raspberries
- To make the raspberry juice:
- Combine 2 cups of frozen raspberries and 1½ cups of water and bring to a simmer, mashing the berries against the sides of the pain to release their juices. Strain into a cup or bowl scraping the seeds with a spatula along the bottom of the strainer to extract all the juice.
- To Prepare the Cocktail:
- Put all ingredients into a shaker add as much ice as you can and give a good shake.
- Pour straight up or over ice.
- Garnish with lime slices and frozen raspberries which helps keep it chilled.
What is your favorite summer cocktail?