Raspberry spritzers

Raspberry spritzers

Since I quit Diet Coke (nearly 8 weeks ago!), a whole new world of drinks has opened up before me. I’ll admit it, I liked the flavour of Diet Coke but part of the reason I drank it was because it had zero calories. I was a little bit worried that stopping drinking it would mean putting on weight but in fact the opposite has occurred.

It seems that what I read about Diet Coke making you hungry is true. Since I gave up the nasty stuff I haven’t had quite as big an appetite and a few bites of a delicious sweet treat is all I need to satisfy my sweet tooth. Instead of automatically going for a DC when I want a drink, I’ve been trying all sorts of things but soda water based drinks seem to be winning my heart.

Raspberry spritzer

Raspberry spritzer

My go-to drink is soda with lime cordial. It’s refreshing, bubbly, easy to make and not too sweet, but for the holiday season I wanted something a little more festive. Pink lemonade, or Shirley Temple was (ok sort of still is) one of my all-time favourite drinks growing up so I set to creating an adults version that’s not too high in calories.

Raspberry spritzer

Raspberry spritzer

Tangy with a little hint of citrus and nice and bubbly, my raspberry spritzers would make the perfect welcome drink at a Christmas shindig. You could add a little bit of vodka to give them a kick or substitute half the soda water for champagne to make a raspberry spritzer punch. It’s even a nice treat to keep in the fridge for a special pre-dinner drink.

Raspberry spritzer

Raspberry spritzer

If you use frozen raspberries – I like Nanna’s- it’s a very economical way to kick off the festivities. Enjoy!

What about you? Do you like to celebrate with a festive drop? What’s your go-to Christmas drink?

Raspberry spritzer

Raspberry spritzer

Raspberry spritzer

Raspberry spritzer

Yield: 8 champagne glasses

Ingredients

  • 150g raspberries
  • 1L soda water
  • 1/4 cup lime cordial
  • Extra raspberries to serve

Instructions

  1. Process the raspberries in a blender or food processor until smooth (add a little of the lime cordial if they're not going through the blade.
  2. You can press the raspberry mixture in a sieve to get rid of the seeds or just put it straight into a large jug.
  3. Add the soda water and the rest of the lime cordial and stir it all together.
  4. Serve chilled with ice and a few raspberries on top.

 

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