Cocktail: The Kinky Rickey

This concoction is simple. Well, after you spend a couple weeks in your laboratory kitchen creating your raspberry-infused vodka, this is simple. It’s a reminder not to over-complicate things – from figuring out what you’re going to do with your life to mixing a drink.

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I first encountered the Raspberry-Lime Rickey (seltzer water, raspberry syrup and lime juice) my freshman fall semester at Tufts. I love how songs, scents, or tastes that viscerally remind me of precise periods of time, and this flavor profile transports me to warm New England Indian summers returning to campus. It’s almost magical how we can transcend time just by embracing the acuteness of our own senses. Actually, in providing feedback about my infusions post, Jesse told me, “I think time is fascinating that it exists at all because just about all physical laws are time-reversible, except for the 2nd law of thermodynamics, but that law is kind of weird and hard to make sense of anyway.” (Jesse is a PhD in Applied Physics, if you were curious.) So maybe the flashback we feel isn’t “magical” but in accordance with physical laws of nature.

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The Kinky Rickey

  • 1 shot Raspberry-Infused Vodka
  • lime seltzer – at least one cup
  • fresh limes
  • garnish with raspberry and at least one slice of lime

Experiment with this one! It’s so simple that I hope anyone who tries it feels free to really match it to your tastes. For me, I love the tartness of the raspberry vodka, as compared to store-bought flavored vodkas. I also enjoy how the subtle lime seltzer compliments without overpowering the this unique tartness. I prefer that the drinker feel free to kick up the drink to his or her preference with freshly-squeezed lime juice.The Raspberry-Lime Rickey connoisseur  to whom I gave my original infused vodka mixed it with Sprite and raved about its deliciousness, so feel free to try that combination if you like it sweet!

P.S. I had an absurd amount of fun watching the bubbles from the seltzer rotate the raspberries in our glasses.  Here’s a little clip in case you do too!

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