Raspberry Lime Gin & Tonics

August 6, 2014 § 2 Comments

raspberry lime gin and tonic

This drink was dreamed up by my roommate Hilary. She’s not a huge gin fan, whereas gin and tonics are my go-to drink, so she wanted to find a way to mask the juniper flavor a bit. She came up with the genius idea of doing so by steeping frozen raspberries in gin, before mixing up the gin with the tonic.



raspberry lime gin and tonic ingredients

The first time we made these, we were blown away by how flavorful the drinks became with just 30 minutes or so of steeping, and not a drop of simple syrup. Our friend Liz was in town this past weekend for a girls’ trip we were taking to Charlottesville, and so we decided to mix up some celebratory drinks in the form of these gin and tonics. Liz taught us to amp up the lime flavor by rubbing the lime along the edge of the glass. It was a total success!

raspberries steeping in gin sliced limes for cocktails

You could take this recipe in a number of directions–switch up the type of fruit (I bet blackberries would be delicious) or the alcohol (I bet vodka would work nicely). The sky’s the limit!

I love Catoctin Creek’s gin, which is a local Virginia distiller, but they sell in other states too. It doesn’t just taste like juniper–it has some cinnamon and citrus flavors in it too! If you see it in your local liquor store, I recommend you give it a try. Also, if you too are a gin fan, and find yourself in the D.C. area, you have to check out the gin joint. They have an impressive gin selection and make their own tonics–even Hilary likes it!

raspberry lime gin and tonics


Raspberry Lime Gin & Tonics

This drink is actually easiest to make glass by glass because you can mix all the ingredients right in the glass you serve it in, so I’ve included the amounts and instructions to make one drink, but you can easily make multiple in an assembly line format so your friends aren’t left out of the fun.

scant 1/4 cup frozen raspberries

2 ounces gin

6 ounces diet tonic* or regular tonic

1 lime wedge

  1. In a tall glass, add the gin and the frozen raspberries. Let steep on the counter for 30 minutes.
  2. When the 30 minutes is up, add the tonic and a few ice cubes, and stir with a spoon.
  3. Cut a slit in the flesh of the lime wedge, and rub the rim of the glass with the lime (the rim of the glass should go inside the slit so you can slide the lime all the way around the edge of the glass).
  4. Drop the lime wedge in the glass, and serve.


*Uh, did you guys know that tonic is like soda, not seltzer, in that is has calories? In college I did not appreciate this distinction, and when I did find out, I felt tricked! I like to know where my calories are coming from, thank you very much, and prefer them to come from here, not from things that look like water.



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