farmers' market raspberries

[Photo: Maggie Hoffman]

We have raspberries on the brain this week, and we're not just drinking them in beer. After citrus, these berries are perhaps the most perfect fruit for cocktails: they're tart and sweet, and tend to lend full flavor to whatever drink they're muddled in. Here are five options we highly recommend.

My Sharona


[Photo: Robyn Lee]

We like it when summer drinks are easier than pie: this delightfully fresh beverage comes together in a flash. Muddle some raspberries and shake 'em up with rum, lemon, and a little agave syrup, then top it off with spicy ginger beer. Drink and repeat.

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DIY Raspberry Liqueur


[Photo: Marcia Simmons]

Summer may seem endless now, but you'll be pining for fresh raspberry flavor once we hit cooler weather. Preserve it (and stock up your liquor cabinet) with this homemade raspberry liqueur, which is great mixed with sparkling wine or in any cocktail that calls for Chambord or creme de cassis.

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Raspberry and Rum Iced Tea


[Photo: Kelly Carámbula]

This spiked iced tea is ideal for daytime outdoor parties, mixed with dark and light rum and brightened with lemon. You can make the quick raspberry simple syrup in advance so you're ready to pour this up as soon as your guests arrive.

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Raspberry Cobbler Cocktail


[Photo: Heather Arndt Anderson]

You'll need crushed ice for this sprightly brunch drink, made with fresh raspberries and crisp fino or Manzanilla sherry. Serve alongside waffles for a complete breakfast.

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Raspberry, Ginger, and Coconut Shake


[Photo: Autumn Giles]

Coconut milk ice cream makes a tropical base for this ginger-spiced milkshake, blended with a cup of ripe raspberries for a glorious rosy color.

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