Raspberry-Rhubarb Spritz

Raspberry-Rhubarb Spritz
Homemade raspberry syrup makes a wonderful foil for aromatic rhubarb liqueur and bitter Campari in this spritz.Elliott Clark

There are a lot of flavors happening in this spritz from Death & Co. Denver, but they all work together harmoniously––raspberry and rhubarb shine at the forefront while allowing the subtle aromatics from the gin, vermouth, and Campari to come through. Drizzle the leftover raspberry syrup over ice cream or pound cake for dessert.

Equipment

Raspberry-Rhubarb Spritz
Campari replaces the Aperol in this spritz, while gin and blanc vermouth up the booziness. Rhubarb liqueur and homemade raspberry syrup give the drink a sweet-tart finish.
Yield: makes 1
Time: 20 minutes

For the raspberry syrup:

  • 6 oz. (1¼ cups) fresh raspberries
  • 6 oz. (¾ cup) sugar

For the cocktail:

  • 1¼ oz. (3 Tbsp.) gin
  • ½ oz. (1 Tbsp.) fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ tsp. (¼ oz.) Campari
  • 1½ tsp. (¼ oz.) Dolin Blanc vermouth
  • 1 Tbsp. (½ oz.) rhubarb liqueur
  • ¼ cup (2 oz.) soda water
  • 1 thin lemon wheel, for garnish

Instructions

  1. First, make the raspberry syrup: In a blender, add the raspberries and sugar; purée until completely smooth. In a fine-mesh strainer set over a liquid-measuring cup, strain the raspberry mixture, discarding the seeds and any other solids. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use or up to 1 week.
  2. Make the cocktail: In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the gin, lemon juice, Campari, vermouth, rhubarb liqueur, and ¾ ounce (1½ tablespoons) raspberry syrup (reserve remaining syrup for another use); shake until well chilled. Strain into a wine glass filled with fresh ice. Top with soda water, garnish with a lemon wheel, and serve immediately.