The Raspberry Blush has a liquor combination that might strike you as odd: dark rum and dry vermouth. Most people aren’t familiar with good vermouth, so it has an undeserved reputation for being gross. When it’s good, it’s basically an herbed, spiced wine that lends itself to cocktails that will emphasize either the wine flavor or the herbs. That’s why it’s so good in small quantities with gin and an olive.
The mix of rum, lime and raspberry tends to emphasize the wine-like notes of the vermouth in this cocktail. That makes this a zingy, moderately sweet cocktail with hints of spices and herbs.
- 1 ounce dark rum
- 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 2 teaspoons raspberry syrup
Shake everything thoroughly in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.