The tart yet sweet taste of raspberries is so much the taste of summer for me. And this super easy raspberry and mint vodka is the perfect way to showcase your summer raspberry harvest all ear round.
Infused booze is everywhere these days. The supermarket shelves groan under the weight of flavoured gins, vodkas and rums. You can get anything from red velvet cake to lemon sherbet flavours. Well why buy infused hooch when you can so easily make it yourself at home.
My super easy raspberry and mint vodka is the perfect way to use up those bargain berries from the supermarket or making the best of the goodies in your garden. Make it now and save it for gifting at Christmas for a taste of summer sunshine.
Infusion v Liqueur
Now this is to make an infused flavoured vodka, this is not a sweet liqueur. An infusion means that you are just putting fruits, nuts or even veggies into alcohol, giving it a bit of time and then removing the solids.
The alcohol (in this case vodka) is then flavoured with whatever ingredients you put in there.
If you want to turn it into a liqueur you would need to add sugar to the initial mix or as a sugar syrup after the infusion process is complete. Therefore a liqueur is just a sweetened infusion.
Want to turn this raspberry and mint vodka into a liqueur? Simple, just add sugar!
Ingredients for this raspberry vodka
- mint leaves
Notes on the vodka; Do not use your bestest Stolly or other ‘good’ vodka for this recipe. Juist go for a basic supermarket own brand job. Remember YOU are putting flavour into this hooch so you don’t want to start with something that has a distinctive taste in the first place. Also think of the economy, yours!
I’ve just used a half bottle (about 500ml/2 cups) of vodka here. The other ingredients are 300g/11oz of fresh raspberries and a bunch of fresh mint.
Can you use frozen raspberries?
Yes you certainly can. This way you can make this delicious raspberry and mint vodka at any time of year!
How to make raspberry mint vodka;
Make sure you are using a sterilised jar and then a sterilised bottle for making this recipe.
Just pour the vodka over the raspberries with torn (this releases the essential oils) mint leaves in a large sterilised jar.
I leave my infusions for a week which gives perfectly good flavour.
Pop the jar in a cupboard with a dated label and then when the time is right you just have to strain it through two layers of kitchen paper to make sure no fibres get through and you’ll end up with this gorgeous looking raspberry and mint vodka.
How to serve raspberry vodka
Serve it seriously chilled with an ice cube straight or add tonic or soda for a longer drink.
Use this as a base for a fun and fruity raspberry martini and have some fun!
Looking for some more easy raspberry recipes? Then check these out before you go;
Looking for more super easy homemade liqueurs to try? Then check out my Homemade Liqueurs & Infusions section for more boozy inspiration.
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Raspberry Mint Vodka
- 500 ml vodka
- 300 g raspberries
- 1/2 cup mint fresh mint leaves
- Rinch the raspberries and pat dry
- Pack them into a sterilised kilner type jar
- Add the vodka
- Rip up the mint leaves and rough them up a bit to release their essential oils
- Add to the jar and pop on the lid
- Leave for 2 weeks in a cupboard
- Strain through 2 layers of kitchen roll into a jug and then decant into a sterilised bottle