This Raspberry Martini is sweet, tart, and a gorgeous vibrant color. It's the perfect drink to treat yourself with!
This drink is lovely no matter what time of year it is. That's a fact. However, the beautiful bright red color makes it an especially tasty and romantic choice for Valentine's Day. It's so easy to shake a couple of these up, too. So there's no excuse to not make a couple for yourself and your sweetie 😉
🌟 Why You'll Love This Recipe
- It's as delicious as it is pretty. I mean, just look at that gorgeous color! This drink's beauty is rivaled only by its fabulous sweet-tart flavor.
- It's very easy to make. Though this drink looks super fancy, it's super easy to shake up.
- This recipe uses fresh ingredients. Fresh lemon juice and homemade raspberry simple syrup give this drink incredible fresh flavor.
💭 What is a Raspberry Martini?
The traditional martini is made with gin (or vodka) and vermouth. But, as I'm sure you can tell from the photos, this isn't a traditional martini!
This Raspberry Martini is made with a vodka base, some zingy fresh lemon juice, and sweet and beautiful raspberry syrup.
- Lemon juice: Freshly squeezed, please.
- Raspberry simple syrup: You can use a store bought or homemade raspberry syrup. It's so easy to make your own at home (and the results are so delicious) that I highly recommend DIY-ing it.
- Vodka: I used a plain vodka for this martini, but you can also use a raspberry flavored vodka, if you really want to amp up the raspberry flavor. You don't have to use anything too expensive, but make sure that it's also something that you'd be willing to sip on its own.
- Fresh raspberries: As always, the garnish is an optional ingredient. However, I thought that a fresh raspberry, popped onto a gold cocktail pick, made for a very nice garnish.
🔀 Substitutions or Variations
- Use raspberry vodka. Instead of plain vodka, use some of my homemade Raspberry Vodka!
👩🏻🍳 How to make a Raspberry Martini
These drinks are very easy to make!
Start out by dumping your lemon juice, raspberry syrup, and vodka into a cocktail shaker. Next, add some ice. I am a proponent of using one or two large cubes, rather than a handful of smaller ice cubes. This allows the cocktail to get cold and to dilute just enough, but not too much.
Cap your shaker and shake shake shake until the drink is very cold. This should take about 10 seconds. After that, all you have to do is strain the martini into a (preferably chilled) martini, coupe, or Nick and Nora glass.
That's the end of the required steps. If you'd like, you can garnish your raspberry martini with a fresh raspberry or two. I popped mine onto a cocktail pick.
❓ Recipe FAQs
I wouldn't advise making these in a huge quantity, but if you wanted to shake up a couple at a time rather than making them individually, you can do it. Just double all of the ingredients, shake, and strain half into each of your glasses.
It won't be a raspberry martini if you do that, but yeah, you can use another flavor of syrup if you'd like. Try my Lavender Martini if you're looking for something different.
Though it's traditional to serve a martini in a martini or coupe glass (or Nick and Nora glass, like I used), you don't have to use one. Use whatever you have or like!
🔗 Other raspberry drinks
Looking for other drinks with raspberry in them? Check these out!
- Raspberry Iced Tea from A Nerd Cooks
- Raspberry Moscow Mule from The Littlest Crumb
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Shots from A Nerd Cooks
- Raspberry Gin Sour from Mint and Twist
- Raspberry Mojito from Noshing with the Nolands
🔗 Other martini recipes
Looking for more martini recipes? Because I got 'em! Click on any of the photos below to be taken straight to the recipe. Or, if you're looking for something a little dirty and smoky... try this Dirty Smoked Martini.
I'd love to know what you thought of this recipe! Don't forget to leave a comment and ⭐️ star rating below!
- 1 ounce lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 1 ounce raspberry simple syrup
- 2 ounces vodka
- fresh raspberries for garnish (optional)
- Add the lemon juice, raspberry simple syrup, and vodka to a cocktail shaker. Add a large ice cube or two to the shaker.
- Shake until very cold (about 10 seconds) before straining the drink into a glass.
- Garnish with a fresh raspberry or two, if desired.
- You can use store bought raspberry syrup if you don't want to make homemade raspberry simple syrup (though it's so easy and delicious that I highly recommend making your own!)
- Want to shake up two of these drinks? Just double the ingredients in your cocktail shaker.
- Use raspberry vodka if you really want to amp up the raspberry flavor and color!
Disclaimer: Nutritional information is a generated estimate and is not guaranteed to be accurate.