Saturday, July 30, 2011

GTTC: raspberry smash and prize announced

I am not a mixologist, but I do enjoy the occasional alcoholic drink and have figured out how to make a drink exactly to my liking. I generally mix enough for the family, just adding alcohol to my glass at the end. Here's how I made tonight's Raspberry Smash (serves 4):

  • In a pitcher, muddle together: a generous handful of raspberries, leaves pulled from a small bunch of mint, about 3 teaspoons of sugar.
  • Add: the juice of a lemon, a 20 oz. bottle of ginger ale and a 10 oz. bottle of club soda. Stir gently.
  • In a glass of ice, fill about 1/3 full with whiskey. Strain raspberry drink into glass to fill.

Delicious and refreshing on a 103 degree day! The real key to making a drink like this is using a muddler. My sister bought me a muddler for my birthday (along with all the other accoutrements and many bottles of liquor) and as I suspected, there is no substitution for this bar tool. It is SUCH a helpful tool in fact, that I will be giving one away. In 2 weeks, I will return from my annual trip to the land of live oaks and Spanish moss, and draw a name from all the people who have participated in the Garden to Table Challenge this season. Want an entry? Simply post about what you've been harvesting and cooking, include a link in your post back here, and then come back and link below. See you in a couple weeks!


  1. That's look refreshing! I just mix the following; Pepsi, lime and honey. I am sure your concoction tastes better.

  2. This looks like my kind of drink, the sun has been shining here too.

    Have a good holiday, I'll have a good think for the Garden to Table linky.

  3. Love the look of this drink also!Have a great trip.

  4. Love the drink idea, I'd love to grow berries next year :) The muddler is an essential tool that (if I don't win) that I will be adding to collection soon. I didn't see a place for a link, but here's a post I did this week on how I've been using my tomatoes & Basil!

    Happy Gardening!

  5. I would like to see a picture of this muddler of which you speak. I always just used a mortar and pestle when directed to "muddle". Your smash looks smashing...must try it.

  6. I tried making juice from my butterfly pea flowers. Added some lime juice, of which the potion turned colour from blue to purple. Drank it myself and didn't die, hehe! Got the idea from a Thai source.

    This week, I have added my link to introduce to your readers how raw torch ginger flower buds are used in Malay and Straits Chinese cooking. Included the recipes too.

  7. I like the colour and its look very refreshing.

  8. Your drink does look delish, especially with all of the summer heat. Have a wonderful, safe vacation.

  9. I didn't know there was such a thing as a muddler, but we only drink stuff we don't have to mix ;-) It kind of looks like a pestle in search of a mortar?

    Vacation sounds good right about now - can I come too? Have a great trip!

  10. Looks/sounds summer refreshing! Thanks for sharing :)


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