It’s summer and the sippin’ is easy with this Raspberry and Mint Vodka Spritzer! This vodka and club soda based cocktail is light enough to sip during the day – so it’s perfect for celebrating the 4th! ! Flavored with an easy raspberry mint simple syrup, this fruity cocktail is is crowd friendly – no shaking required!
Summer cocktails should be simple – and this vodka spritzer is about as easy as it gets! A simple raspberry and mint simple syrup, vodka and club soda – three ingredients and one absolutely delicious drink!
Raspberries and mint are an amazing combination – there is just enough mint to make the drink refreshing but not so much that you think you’re drinking a breath mint!
And the best part? This raspberry mint simple syrup makes a delicious mocktail!!
Spritzer or Vodka and Club Soda???
That is the question, right? Well this Vodka Spritzer is really a little of both!
A traditional Spritzer is made with white wine and club soda or sparkling mineral water. A vodka and club soda is.. well, vodka and club soda!! So what exactly is a Vodka Spritzer? Although there isn’t a true definition, a vodka spritzer is any cocktail made with vodka, club soda and another flavoring like this raspberry and mint syrup.
So now that I’ve convinced you to make this variation of a vodka and club soda cocktail….
Here’s What you’ll need to make this Raspberry Mint Vodka Spritzer:
- Fresh or frozen raspberries
- 1 bunch fresh mint
- club soda
*The syrup recipe makes enough for 8 servings.
How to make this Vodka Spritzer:
Step 1: For the Raspberry Mint syrup: Add the raspberries, mint sugar and water to a saucepan.
Tip: If you have access to inexpensive fresh raspberries definitely use them. If not, frozen raspberries work really well and are a less expensive choice here in California.
Step #2: Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. Reduce the heat and let the mixture cook for 3 minutes. Cool. The syrup will be a little thicker than a basic simple syrup.
Step #3: Strain the mixture into a clean lidded container and refrigerate if not using right away!
Step 4: For the Raspberry Mint Vodka Spritzer: Add the syrup to a rocks, collins or wine glass. Fill the glass with ice. Add the vodka and club soda. Garnish with fresh mint and festive straws if desired!
Other Vodka Cocktails for your sipping pleasure!
- Vodka and Cranberry – the most delicious Cape Codder ever!
- Cosmopolitan – grapefruit vodka makes ALL the difference!
- Grapefruit Moscow Mule – the classic gets a little flavor makeover!
- Vodka Martini – sometimes, it’s all about the garnish!
- Vodka Sour – one cocktail and MANY variations!
Raspberry Mint Vodka Spritzer
- 1 1/2 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. Raspberry Mint Syrup
- 3 oz. club soda
- 1 sprig mint optional
Raspberry Mint Syrup
- 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 10 fresh mint leaves
Raspberry Mint Syrup
- Combine the raspberries, sugar, water and mint leaves in a medium sized saucepan.
- Over medium high heat, bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- Boil for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Remove from the heat and let cool.
- Strain the mixture through a sieve into a clean lidded container. Syrup will last in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
For the Raspberry Mint Vodka Cocktail
- Fill a rocks, collins or wine glass with ice cubes. Add the raspberry mint syrup and vodka and top with club soda.
- Add a straw or straws and stir to mix. Garnish with mint if using and serve.
For a Raspberry Mint Mocktail
- Follow the above instructions, omitting the vodka.
- For the Raspberry Mint syrup -I used frozen raspberries since I don’t have a raspberry bush and fresh raspberries aren’t cheap in California. If you have a raspberry bush (or access to one!) use fresh – the syrup is delicious with them! You will have to mash them up a bit in the saucepan after you have added the sugar and water.
- I used club soda in this vodka spritzer but you could easily use sparkling water if that is what you have! I wouldn’t however use a sparkling mineral water since mineral waters tend to have a “minerally taste” which I’m not fond of in this cocktail!
- The Raspberry Mint syrup will last for a week in the refrigerator. To extend it’s shelf life, you can add a tablespoon of vodka to the syrup – the syrup should then last for at least two weeks in the refrigerator.
- If you are making this vodka spritzer cocktail for a crowd, you can easily double or even triple the recipe.