3. Spicy Raspberry Lemon Cooler
Are you a fan of spicier cocktails? Then this one will be perfect for you! There's no Tabasco spicing up this mocktail, it's all about ginger beer. In addition to some spice, you get a serious bite, which is sure to play the piano all over your taste buds. It's also wonderfully tart, what with the mix of lemons and raspberries. Yum!
2 cups frozen raspberries
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup water
2 bottles ginger beer
fresh raspberries or lemon wedges for garnish, optional
Put the raspberries, honey, lemon juice and water into a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook until the fruit has completely broken down, about five minutes. Remove from heat and let stand until cool. Pour the mixture into a fine mesh strainer set over a pitcher. Press the fruit solids with a rubber spatula to remove as much liquid as possible. Discard the fruit pulp.
To serve, fill a Collins glass with ice and pour three tablespoons of the raspberry syrup into the glass. Fill with ginger beer, stir, garnish with raspberries or a lemon wedge and serve immediately.