The Raspberry Press is a delightfully refreshing cocktail that is a wonderful option for happy hour, a late brunch, or a summer cookout. It is simple, fruity and shows off a great, fresh fruit vodka for California. It also happens to be a quick twist on a mixed drink known as the Vodka Press.
The amazing flavors of Charbay Red Raspberry Vodka are allowed to shine in this drink and it deserves that spotlight. Charbay produces all-natural flavored vodkas that are some of the best you will find. It's only right that the Raspberry Press adds just two splashes of lightly flavored sodas as an accent.
To prepare this drink you'll use the technique of rolling. Once you get the hang of pouring between glasses, you'll be able to do it with ease and won't spill a drop.
- Pour the vodka and sodas into an highball glass filled with ice.
- Roll the contents into a cocktail shaker or mixing glass to mix.
- Pour the drink back into the glass.
- Garnish with a lime wedge.
(Recipe from Charbay Vodka)
2 Tips for Making the Raspberry Press
If you're not comfortable with rolling drinks, feel free to stir the Raspberry Press in an ice-filled highball glass.
Also, you can make the drink as tall or short as you like.
Simply pour more or less of the two sodas, making sure to keep the proportions equal. Some people prefer to pour as much as 4 ounces of each soda, but that produces a very tall drink.
You might consider as much as 2 ounces each. This will produce a nicely balanced drink with a volume around 6 ounces. That allows you to enjoy it for quite some time without losing the last few sips to over dilution.
What Is the Vodka Press?
The Vodka Press is a semi-popular mixed drink that remains a little obscure. It certainly isn't ordered as often as a Vodka Tonic or Vodka Cranberry, but many people enjoy it and it is a nice, refreshing drink.
Quite simply, the Vodka Press is a shot of vodka with both club soda and lemon-lime soda. It's made just like the Raspberry Press, but with clear vodka.
The word "press" in the name may seem to indicate that you'll be pressing something, possibly with a muddler. Yet, as we see with this recipe, that is not the case. Instead, the Vodka Press takes its name from the popular whiskey highball known as the Presbyterian. This is also a double soda drink, though it typically uses ginger ale instead of Sprite or 7-Up.
In keeping with the Raspberry Press theme, you can certainly pour any flavored vodka into your Vodka Press. The great variety of fruit vodkas available offer nearly endless possibilities and even non-fruit flavors can produce a tasty drink. In particular, a Vanilla Press (made with vanilla vodka) results in a flavor profile similar to a vanilla cream soda, but with a drier profile.
Have fun with the Vodka Press and play around with different vodkas. It's a perfect foundation for a great deal of experimentation and a perfectly casual drink that's so easy it's hard to pass up.
Why Two Sodas?
Mixed drinks like the Presbyterian and Vodka Press raise the question of why two sodas are poured rather than just one. The answer really comes down to balance.
Club soda tends to have a dry profile because it's unsweetened. The majority of lemon-lime sodas are sweetened and some have more sugar than others. In general, though, they are certainly not as sugary as other big-name sodas.
By combining the two sodas in one drink, you get a nice hint of citrus and a touch of sweetness with double the carbonation. In the end, it's actually brilliant and it is one of the most refreshing soda highballs you can mix up.