“What can we do to raspberries to make them taste even more like summer than they do on their own?”
And we got some pretty good answers, if we do say so ourselves.
Crisp white wine
Rolling, glacier-like ice melt.
And our answers sounded like they could be the building blocks for a fine wine-tini. So we combined our ultimate summer ingredients and created a wine-tini recipe to end all wine-tini recipes. (But, let’s be honest. We know we’ll be publishing a few more over the next several weeks.) Check out the recipe below…
Raspberry Lavender Thyme Wine-Tini
- 1 (750 ml) bottle of crisp white wine
- ½ cup Amoretti Raspberry Martini Cocktail Mix
- ½ cup fresh-squeezed lemonade
- Fresh (culinary) lavender
- Fresh thyme
Add the bottle of wine, lavender, and thyme to a large pitcher. Stir with a wooden spoon, very gently muddling the herbs into the wine. Allow this mixture to sit in the refrigerator for an hour or so. This helps the wine to soak in some of the flavor. After an hour, add the lemonade and raspberry cocktail mix (if possible, chill these ingredients ahead of time). Add ice, stir, and serve. Garnish each glass with a sprig of lavender.
Using Lavender in Cocktails
There’s not a significant difference between culinary and ornamental lavender. So don’t worry about accidentally buying the wrong type and then causing yourself harm. However, culinary lavender does taste better and will yield better results in your cocktail recipes. Our favorite kind of lavender for cocktails is lavandula angustifolia (Munstead lavender). Some people prefer to lightly dry roast lavender prior to using it in food and drinks. We don’t think that the dry roast is necessary for this cocktail, but if you prefer your lavender that way, then you won’t be degrading the recipe!
How Will You Personalize This Wine-Tini Recipe?
One thing we love about wine-tini recipes is that they contain so many ingredients that can be substituted. Not a fan of thyme? Then you can switch it out for rosemary or another herb that you enjoy. Raspberry not your thing? Try this wine-tini recipe with our blackberry cocktail mix instead.
We want to know, how will you personalize this wine-tini recipe? We’re always thrilled to see Amoretti Blog readers explore their creative sides. Share your modifications and adaptations with us and other readers on the Amoretti Facebook page!