A strong vodka drink with a homemade raspberry mint ginger simple syrup
Brace yourselves: Game of Thrones is coming and I for one could not be more excited! I give you Dragon Fire: an insanely delicious raspberry craft cocktail. When Kruto Vodka asked me to come up with a new recipe, I asked my friend Branden for help because he’s extraordinarily good at craft cocktails. He did not disappoint! I told him what kind of simple syrup I wanted to make for this and he came up with the rest. Thanks, B!
If you’ve never made simple syrup before, don’t panic. It’s so easy! If you can boil water, you can make simple syrup. A classic simple syrup is a straight 1:1 water to sugar ratio that you boil until the sugar dissolves. I love simple syrup because the possibilities are endless. Here, we start with fresh raspberries (though you could also use frozen!) and up the flavor profile with fresh ginger and mint from the garden. This recipes makes enough syrup for probably 8 drinks or so. The syrup will keep up to a week stored in the fridge. It’s a gorgeous ruby red color and smells absolutely divine.
I had never had mezcal, an agave spirit, before Branden suggested it for this cocktail. It adds a nice smokiness to the drink that’s hard to put your finger on but adds such a fancy, layered note.
I didn’t know that I was going to turn it into a Game of Thrones thing but one sip of this and I tasted dragon fire so here we are. This is a strong drink that goes down so easy. Kruto Vodka is distilled nine times to make it silky smooth. This cocktail the perfect drink to sip on during a Game of Thrones binge! It’s so refreshing, you’ll want to serve it all summer long but be warned: this is a very strong drink that sneaks up on you. As always, drink responsibly!
6 oz Kruto Vodka
1 oz mezcal
1 oz vermouth
3 oz raspberry mint ginger simple syrup, recipe follows
Juice of half a lime
Mint sprigs and lime zest for garnish
- Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add mezcal, Kruto vodka, vermouth, raspberry mint simple syrup, and lime juice. Shake well, strain into lowball glasses with ice, and garnish with mint and lime zest.
1 cup sugar
Juice from 1 lemon
- Boil raspberries with 1 cup water.
- Reduce heat. Add sugar, mint, ginger, and lemon juice. Cook 2-3 minutes.
- Strain solids from liquid. Discard solids and chill the liquid for at least half hour.