A glass of wine versus a cocktail. Â It’s a bit like having a wardrobe full of clothes but still wearing your jeans every day. Â A familiar favourite to fall back on and in all honesty a bit easier than bunging various things together and hoping you like the look/taste. Â You get what I mean.
Cocktails invite mixed opinions, for some they are the American Bar at the Savoy, the height of sophistication. Â For others they are Stringfellows… Â The thing is though, I rather like the occasional cocktail and have been known to press a glassful into friends’ hands as they walk in the door. Â The Negroni had mixed reviews, the Passion Fruit Fizz had us practically scrapping over the last drop and the Sloe Vespa has always gone down a treat.
This then is a homemade slush puppie really. Â Fabulously bright pink, heady with raspberries and with a sharpness from the lime. Â Oh and did I mention there is a drop of rum in there too. Â These are so delicious that their frozen state is almost essential in order to stop you gulping them down too fast. Â Could there be a better start to dinner?
Parental disclaimer – I realise my recipes are meant to be family friendly and for every day but I think it might have been a mother/child moment that got me thinking about a cocktail in the first place…
Frozen Raspberry Daiquiri
This recipe is a guideline and you may like yours with a little more or less of lime or sugar syrup. Â Really the best way is to make one for yourself, customise it and enjoy. Â Then make some more. Â Sugar syrup is simply equal quantities of caster sugar and water simmered until the sugar is fully dissolved.
100g frozen raspberries (about 1 cup if you use cup measures)
2 tablespoons (30ml) white rum
1 tablespoon (15ml) sugar syrup
60ml lime juice (about 1 lime)
Put all the ingredients into a jug and whizz with a hand held blender or for greater quantities you could use a liquidiser. Â Makes 1 glorious pink cocktail.