So this nice little cocktail is something sweet and tasty you can enjoy this Valentines Day. Personally, I made mine virgin (I’ve got school in the morning, plus I didn’t have any rum laying around), but add what you want. I wouldn’t recommend too much though, because they taste so nice on their own.
All you need is:
Raspberries (fresh or frozen)
First you start by making a simple syrup, which is equal parts sugar and water. I only made two glasses, so I only used a 1/3 cup sugar and a 1/3 cup sugar. You can heat it over the stove, but in a microwaveable container works just fine.
I heated it for 30 seconds, stirred, and heated again for 20. Your times might vary depending on the weather and power of your microwave.
Next, blend or mash your raspberries (I used my handy dandy food processor). For two glasses, I blended 3/4 cups frozen raspberries. I chose frozen because I knew I wouldn’t use up all of them, plus they’re cheaper. And then put equal amounts into each glass.
Next add your mint leaves. I used about a sprig per cup. And bruise them with a spoon (basically just stir and make sure to mush them up some).
There are a couple different methods for dealing with the mint. What I did probably yielded the least flavor. Another thing you could do would be to rip the leaves apart into strips before adding them to the glass. And yet another would be to drop them in before the raspberries with a little sugar and stir them around dry–the coarseness of the sugar will help break up the leaves and give you more oil.
Next squeeze half a lime into each glass, add the simple syrup equally, then top it off with bubbly water and stir. (If you plan on adding the rum, put it in before the bubbly water.)