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“I don’t feel like a drink tonight,” Suzen said. It’s hot, she’s tired, and a bit over the edge.

“Taste it,” I said.

She sipped. She smiled. “Mine,” she said.

Success. It’s a night when I’m tired too, it’s still hot in the Northeast, and I want something quick and refreshing. I bought raspberries today intentionally to drink with. Tonight, I went to www.diffordsguide.com and quickly found the raspberry martini recipe below. It’s very quick, refreshing on a hot night, and pleasantly distinct.

If you have not tried the website at www.diffordsguide.com, you are missing a great opportunity. You can enter your ideas for a base liquor, drink style, bartender or ingredients [such as raspberries]. Press “Go” and voila you are rewarded with list of drink ideas.

Diffords comes from Simon Difford, mixologist extradinaire from the UK. Simon has Google alerts on, so he’ll see this post. Simon, thanks for this lovely drink idea. I do have one request. Can you come up with an idea for raspberries and gin? You have several for raspberries and vodka, but your gin queue is empty. I think, given your UK background, that is an oversight deserving of immediate remedy.

Raspberry Martini

Yield: 1 drink


  • 10 raspberries
  • ½ shot of sugar syrup
  • 2 shots of cold vodka


Place the raspberries in the bottom of a stainless steel cocktail shaker and muddle. Add syrup and vodka, then ice. Shake until very chilled.

Pour and delight.

Source: www.diffordsguide.com