Don’t Judge Me Mondays: “Blue” Raspberry
As with many things I’ve made, this cocktail came about as a happy accident. My husband was making dinner and asked me to make him a cocktail. His only criteria was that it have Chambord in it. I decided to add Cognac to the mix, along with ginger ale for some fizz. I mixed it all together and gave it to Derek and took a sip of mine. “Oh my god! This is amazing, it tastes just like a Blue Raspberry Slurpee!” were his exact words. 🙂 Needless to say it has quickly become Derek’s favorite cocktail. I tried making a version with a little Blue Curacao to give it that great shade of blue like the slurpee but it just didn’t taste the same. For that reason, this drink is blue only in name. Derek was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes last summer, so I was also excited that this drink could be made with less sugar by using diet Ginger Ale. It’s a way for him to get that great Blue Raspberry taste he knows and loves without quite as much sugar.
Ok, let’s get to the drink.
I should mention that this drink is very dangerous because it doesn’t taste boozy at all, so tread lightly. Each drink has about 2 ounces of booze in it and goes down REAL smooth so watch yourselves. 😉
Start by filling your favorite cocktail glasses with ice. Fill them halfway with ginger ale (regular or diet).
Now pour in the Chambord and Cognac. We had a bottle of Cognac and Chambord on hand from a few recipes we make, but I’ve also seen both in mini bottle form at stores. I love those mini bottles for this very reason! It’s a great way to try a specialty spirit or make a special cocktail with a unique ingredient without breaking the bank. Places like Total Wine have a ton of options! They also make fun stocking stuffers, I know I was pleased to get some in mine last Christmas.
Now squeeze the juice of a lemon quarter in each glass and top off with more ginger ale.
Stir and garnish with a small piece of lemon or raspberries (or both) and a straw. This recipe makes two cocktails.
Is there a flavor from your childhood, like Blue Raspberry, that you’ve recreated in adulthood? Let me know in the comments!
- 1 12-ounce can ginger ale
- 3 ounces Chambord
- 1 ounce Cognac
- 1/2 large lemon cut in 2
- Fill glasses with ice.
- Fill the glasses halfway with ginger ale.
- Pour in the Chambord and Cognac.
- squeeze the juice of a lemon quarter in each glass and top off with more ginger ale.
- Stir and garnish with a small piece of lemon or raspberries (or both) and a straw.