This raspberry vodka and lime soda combines your favorite vodka with the lush raspberry liqueur, Chambord, then tops it off with a bracingly tart lime soda. A garnish of raspberries brings it all together with aplomb. Perfect for cocktail hour.
Adapted from Fever-Tree | Fever-Tree Easy Mixing | Mitchell Beazley, 2021
Few drinks can’t be improved by the addition of a couple of ripe, juicy raspberries – and the classic Vodka & Lime Soda is no exception. Here’s a tip we like, too: when having friends round for drinks, always buy or make twice as much ice as you think you’ll need. In our experience, that’s usually the right amount. (If you only have one ice-cube tray, make extra in advance and store it in a clean, empty ice-cream tub.)–Fever-Tree
Raspberry Vodka and Lime Soda FAQs
Can I make my own lime soda?
We’re so glad you asked! You might want to make your own lime soda for a number of reasons, from using fresh ingredients or avoiding additives or just because you can.
Can I make raspberry vodka and lime soda ahead of time?
If you’re planning to make a large amount of this snappy little cocktail, you can absolutely plan ahead and get a big part of it done beforehand. One of our testers, Craig Relyea, combined the vodka, Chambord, raspberries, and sliced lime and let it meld in a pitcher for an hour before serving. Add the ice and fizzy soda right before serving. Don’t make this too far ahead, but an hour or two is perfect.
What if I don’t have any Chambord?
If you don’t have any Chambord, soak a handful of raspberries in the vodka for a few hours before making the cocktail. This extracts their natural flavor and color, and heightens the taste of the drink. Or substitute another berry-flavored liqueur, like crème de cassis.
Raspberry Vodka and Lime Soda
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vodka
- 3 1/2 tablespoons Chambord or raspberry liqueur
- 1 lemon cut into quarters
- 3 1/2 cups Fever-Tree Mexican Lime Soda (or substitute another lime or lemon soda or seltzer)
- Fresh raspberries to garnish
- Fill a pitcher three-quarters full with ice cubes. Pour in the vodka and the Chambord.
- Squeeze in the lemon quarters, then drop them into the pitcher. Top with soda. Garnish with fresh raspberries.
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Recipe Testers’ Reviews
Vodka and lime was a go-to drink for me back in the day, and this raspberry vodka and lime soda looked like an interesting spin on that old favorite.
I used Karlsson’s Gold vodka, from Sweden, and Fever-Tree Sparkling Lemon soda, as I knew it would not be too sweet, such as a lemon-lime soda like Sprite or 7-Up. I let the Chambord, vodka, and about a dozen raspberries and a lime meld in a container for about an hour before I mixed the drinks.
As there are just two of us, I decided against making a large pitcher full. I filled a highball glass with ice, added 2 oz of the booze, then topped it off with a bottle of the soda as they are a bit more than 6 oz each. This is a very refreshing cocktail, the subtle sweetness from the Chambord and raspberries mixed with the lime and lemon sparkling soda was perfect. This is a keeper for the cocktail Rolodex.
When it’s hot, I like a cold fruity drink that isn’t as heady as a cocktail. Rather than a lime soda, which can be flavored with citric acid or even artificial flavors, I think this raspberry vodka and lime soda recipe can be upped by using a good club soda and fresh lime juice instead.
I used Fever-Tree Club Soda which has a good level of fizz, one lime, probably a dozen raspberries as the garnish, and muddled another dozen into the drink first. With the fresh lemon called for, this was a light refresher perfect for starting a summer evening. I substituted Crème de Cassis, a black currant liqueur, for Chambord (raspberry) because I keep it on hand, and the drink was lovely with only a hint of sweetness. This is a wisp of a drink—not at all heavy—as the copious ice dilutes the alcohol, too.
A pop of fresh citrus flavor topped with a burst of juicy raspberry garnish describes this easy-to-make libation. There were just two of us for afternoon drinks at my house so I cut the recipe in half for two servings made in a smaller pitcher.
I used grapefruit and lime soda but this recipe is so versatile, I’ll experiment with other citrusy sodas. We felt the flavor could use a bit more Chambord (in all honesty, we love Chambord) and I poured a 1/2 ounce “float” on top of each cocktail. The drink has perfect flavors for relaxing in the late afternoon sunshine.
Originally published November 20, 2021
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This raspberry vodka and lime soda was just right. As I started tasting the drink, the flavors harmoniously balanced out and ended up being light and refreshing. It’s perfect as a quick happy hour drink or as a batch drink for when friends come over.
My wife tasted this and needless to say, I had to triple the recipe after my initial test. Something to be careful of is melting the ice in the drink as you pour the ingredients in. A technique to mitigate this is to chill the ingredients ahead of time. Doing this prevented the ice from melting and this delicious drink was not watered down at all. This refreshing drink is a definite winner and I hope you all enjoy it.