The Best Raspberry Vodka Cocktail Recipe

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This pretty Raspberry Vodka Cocktail is a craft cocktail perfect for any occasion. The pink color, derived from fresh raspberries makes a pretty presentation for bridal showers or a Mother’s Day brunch. It’s a fruity cocktail that’s sure to be a hit.

A raspberry vodka cocktail on a table garnished with raspberries next to a vase of roses.

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I originally created this raspberry vodka cocktail for Edible Tampa Bay Magazine.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This raspberry vodka cocktail has become one of my favorite cocktail recipes. Here’s why you’ll love it too:

  • It’s perfect for any special occasion. Serve it as a Valentine marinti or for an anniversary to make an impression with your special someone. This also makes a great date night drink.
  • You can serve this as a dessert cocktail too. Garnish the cocktail pick with chocolate dipped raspberries.
  • It’s a crisp cocktail with distinct flavors. It would make the perfect summer drink.
  • Raspberry vodka cocktail makes a great party drink. Serve with a drumstick lollipop appetizer.
  • It’s a perfect drink you can enjoy sitting on the front porch relaxing on a Friday night after a long week.

Raspberry Vodka Cocktail Ingredients and Equipment

If you have a well-stocked bar with basic cocktail making equipment this is an easy drink to make.

  • Vodka
  • Grenadine
  • Raspberry Simple Syrup, a homemade raspberry syrup
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Fresh Lime Juice or wedges of lime to squeeze lime juice
  • Fresh Juicy Raspberries for Garnish

You don’t need much equipment to make this raspberry vodka cocktail, just a cocktail shaker. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, mason jars with lids make a great substitute.

Find the full list of ingredients and equipment in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Overhead view of raspberry vodka cocktail garnished with fresh raspberries.

What is a craft cocktail?

Craft cocktails are all about using the finest spirits and the best ingredients. Things like freshly squeezed juices, and homemade syrups. These fine ingredients elevate the taste of the cocktail.

What is simple syrup?

Simply, it’s when you boil equal parts of sugar and water until the sugar dissolves. You have to be careful not to boil the mixture or you will get close to the candy stage. While it’s typically just sugar and water you can make flavored simple syrups such as strawberry simple syrup, or raspberry simple syrup

What is the best way to garnish a raspberry martini?

A garnish is the finishing touch to a cocktail. I chose to skewer three fresh raspberries onto a cocktail pick and place it on the rim of the coupe glass. You could also place the fresh raspberry garnish into the glass but make sure it won’t slide into the glass. You don’t want your guests fishing it out.

For a fancier presentation, dip fresh raspberries in chocolate and skewer them. Rest the skewer on the rim of the glass.

If you don’t have fancy cocktail picks you can freeze a few berries and float them in the glass. This is also a great way to keep the cocktail cold.

Side view of a raspberry martini in a coupe glass garnished with fresh raspberries.

Tips and Suggestions

For the elegance factor, I choose to serve this in a fancier coupe glass. If you don’t have coupe glasses, use traditional martini glasses. A rocks glass would work but a highball glass would be too big.

While you could skip making the raspberry simple syrup and use raspberry vodka but martini purists would prefer the clean taste of unflavored vodka. Flavored vodkas can sometimes taste off. I prefer the fresh fruit syrup component.

This raspberry vodka cocktail is a great addition to your summer cocktails menu along with a grapefruit gin fizz. You don’t want to serve cocktails using the same liquor. Mix it up.

More Vodka Recipes

If you or someone you know would like more delicious cocktails try a classic salty dog, screwdriver, or a classic Moscow mule made with ginger beer.

More Raspberry Cocktails

If raspberry flavor is your favorite thing, you will appreciate a raspberry margarita or an easy raspberry mimosa made with orange juice and champagne. Try a raspberry vodka lemonade on a warm day. If you prefer no alcohol try this raspberry lemonade.

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Raspberry Vodka Cocktail

A simple yet slightly sweet cocktail perfect for any special occasion like Mother's Day or a bridal shower.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2


  • 4 ounces Vodka
  • 1 tablespoon Grenadine
  • 1 tablespoon Raspberry Simple Syrup
  • 4 ounces Cranberry Juice
  • 1 wedge Lime
  • 6 Fresh Raspberries, for garnish


  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice combine all ingredients, except the fresh raspberries, and squeeze the lime wedge into the shaker. Place the lid on the shaker and shake a few times until chilled.
    4 ounces Vodka, 1 tablespoon Grenadine, 1 tablespoon Raspberry Simple Syrup, 4 ounces Cranberry Juice, 1 wedge Lime
  • Strain the mixture between two coupe or champagne glasses. Using a cocktail pick, place three fresh raspberries on each pick and garnish by placing them on the rim of the glass or into the glass.
    6 Fresh Raspberries, for garnish

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