Our raspberry lime rickey cocktail. Credit: Olivia Vanni
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Raspberry lime rickeys taste like a June New England day distilled into a syrupy sweet soda.

Throughout our childhood, summers were sprinkled with trips to the local farm stand, where we would load up on ears of fresh corn and grab a bottle of homemade tonic for the road. To our young palate, each sip of this unnaturally bright red beverage reminded us of liquid Jell-O, and we absolutely loved it.

Now that we’re grown, we still like to indulge in the occasional raspberry lime rickey during this time of year. But we’ve also learned to take this childhood favorite and make our own, grownup version of the original. Not only do we incorporate alcohol, but we’ve also swapped in some more natural ingredients because, you know, we’re mature and sophisticated like that. It retains all of those notes of nostalgia while making you feel like a big kid.

For lime simple syrup:1 cup sugar1 cup waterZest of 2 limes

Add ingredients to a saucepan and place on high heat. Cook while stirring until sugar has entirely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

For cocktail:4 fresh raspberries1 oz. vodka ½ oz. Chambord½ oz. lime simple syrupJuice of half a limeProsecco

In a shaker, muddle fresh raspberries. Add vodka, Chambord, fresh lime juice and lime simple syrup. Add ice, cover and shake. Strain into a coup glass and top off with prosecco.