One of my favorite activities during the summer is going to different bars with my friends and trying new and unique cocktails. Sometimes I'll go for a refreshing Mojito, other times a spicy Moscow Mule. It's through these alcoholic adventures that I've developed an intuition for what ingredients work well together. I partnered up with Stoli to create a cocktail that combines some of my favorite flavors in an elevated yet still effervescent way.
To make my Stoli Summer Sparkler, all you'll need is:
- Stoli Razberi vodka
- Fresh raspberries
- Fresh mint
- San Pellegrino Limonata
- Cubed ice
- Utensil for muddling
You can house your drink in just about any glass, but it'll look its best in a low tumbler or mason jar. I got these beautiful gold monogrammed glasses from Anthropologie. For sentimental affairs, you could get a monogrammed glass for each guest you'll be having so that they can part your event with a memorable memento.
First, you'll want to place a few raspberries and sprigs of mint into your glass to be muddled. This is all according to taste, but I put three large raspberries and three equal sized leaves of mint into the glass. You can muddle these ingredients with any utensil or an actual muddler device, just remember to gently break the mint to release its flavor.
Once the ingredients have been gently muddled, add two shots of the raspberry vodka and few large ice cubes. Top the concoction off with San Pellegrino Limonata, an Italian sparkling fruit beverage, for instant fizz. Once the glass is nearly full to the brim, delicately place two small pieces of mint and a raspberry on top as an additional garnish.
This drink has all my favorite flavors you know and love: tart lemon, sweet raspberry and hints of refreshing mint. Because each ingredient lends its own sophistication (most notably, the Stolichnaya Premium Vodka), you end up with a poised version of a vodka lemonade. While I love a good bar crawl during the summer, I can't wait to entertain my friends on my rooftop patio with this refreshingly distinctive drink.