Cocktail for a Bright Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice is just days away and this cocktail is perfect for a quick mid-week celebration. A few years ago I served this up before Christmas dinner and it was such a hit that I try to bring it out at least once per season. It's quite simple to make and super festive, thanks to the mint and raspberry, but feel free to substitute any berries (cranberries are perfect!) that you have on hand.
Bright Solstice to you!

Winter Solstice Cocktail (adapted)
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice   
  • Ice cubes
  • Club soda, chilled
  • 1 mint leaf 
  • raspberries 

  • In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, orange liqueur, lemon juice, and ice; shake until well combined. Strain into a chilled glass filled with ice or chilled martini glass; add a splash of soda. Carefully fold mint leaf in half lengthwise and place the stem end into the opening of the raspberries. Float on top of cocktail and serve immediately.

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