Raspberry and Brown Sugar Bourbon Fizz

I realized a couple weeks ago that I hadn’t posted a single new cocktail recipe all June or July (unless you count poptails). Talk about a massive #foodbloggerfail. And also very strange considering how many cocktails I’ve consumed these past couple of months.

No judgment, please. It’s patio sitting weather. And patio sitting requires a cold adult beverage. You know I’m right.

But this week, I plan on correcting my inadequacies. Starting with this Raspberry and Brown Sugar Bourbon Fizz. And ending the week with a boozy drink of the dessert variety (um…so much YES!). Which basically makes this the best week ever on Floating Kitchen.

It’s hard to say what I love most about this Raspberry and Brown Sugar Bourbon Fizz. I must admit that I find the pretty, pink-ish hue somewhat mesmerizing. But the taste is absolutely spot on as well. Bourbon pairs so nicely with raspberries. And the brown sugar in the raspberry simple syrup gives this cocktail a bit more depth of flavor. Oh and the raspberry simple syrup makes a great mocktail as well (try it with some ginger-ale or lemon-lime soda), if you prefer to go that route.

I like to reserve the raspberry mash that’s leftover from making the simple syrup and stir a small amount of it into the cocktails before serving. I love the added boost of color and raspberry flavor this little trick adds. But if you have an aversion to seeds in your drink, you can totally skip this step.

August is all ready ticking by at what seems to be a faster than normal rate. Which means there is no time like the present to seize the day and start enjoying the bounty of fruits and vegetables that August provides. Because winter (GAH!) will be here before you know it. So check out Becky’s seasonal produce guide for this month and savor what’s left of summer!


Becky has also put together a list of over 90 recipes that incorporate the fruits and vegetables that are most plentiful in August. And she’s rounded up some of her food blogging friends to create some new recipes as well. Check out the links below to see what we’ve whipped up for this month. And follow along with (and contribute to!) the #eatseasonal hashtag for even more inspiration and ideas!



Raspberry and Brown Sugar Bourbon Fizz

Raspberry and Brown Sugar Bourbon Fizz


  • For the Simple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup water

  • For the Cocktails
  • Raspberry and brown sugar simple syrup
  • Bourbon
  • Crushed Ice
  • Tonic water, cold
  • Reserved raspberry mash
  • Fresh raspberries for garnish, if desired


  1. Make the simple syrup. In a medium saucepan, combine all of the ingredients over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and smashing the raspberries up again the side of the saucepan to help crush them. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Then strain the simple syrup, collecting the liquid into a clean re-sealable container. Reserve the raspberry mash. This recipe makes about 1 cup of simple syrup, which can be stored in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  2. Make the cocktails. For a single cocktail, add 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of the simple syrup and 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) of bourbon into a tall glass. Fill the glass 3/4 full with crushed ice. Then top with tonic water. Add about 1 tsp. of the reserved raspberry mash and stir gently. Garnish with additional fresh raspberries, if desired. Enjoy immediately.

August Eat Seasonal Recipes


Healthy Whole Grain Zucchini Bread Pancakes by Bless This Mess

Raspberry Swirl Frozen Yogurt Pie by Cookin’ Canuck

Savory Summer Squash Custard by Vintage Mixer

Zucchini and Yellow Squash Noodles with Turkey Sausage Bolognese by Flavor the Moments

Potato and Egg Breakfast Boats by From Gate to Plate

Zucchini and Green Bean Sauté by The Lemon Bowl

Triple Berry Scones by Simple Bites

Heirloom Tomato, Zucchini, Caramelized Onion and Feta Galette by FoodieCrush

Blackberry Buckle by Mountain Mama Cooks

Grilled Summer Squash with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Basil Ghee by Project Domestication

Zucchini, Corn and Pesto Flatbreads by Kitchen Confidante

56 comments on “Raspberry and Brown Sugar Bourbon Fizz”

  1. Raspberry and bourbon.. Yummy!

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  3. You definitely made up for not posting cocktails in July with this bourbon fizz! This looks amazing, Liz! It’s not wrong to want this at 7am, is it? Love the raspberry and brown sugar combo!

  4. Everything about this cocktail I just SO right! You are totally forgiven for holding out on us! Bourbon with brown sugar and raspberries? Is it bad I want to say that combination should be consumed all day every day? And twice on Mondays… because, well, Monday – enough said! Gorgeous color and delicious flavor. Is it 5 o’clock yet? Cheers, Liz! *clink clink*

  5. So much YES! It’s Monday so I need like 5 of these, that’s cool right?

  6. I could seriously use a sip of this deliciousness!

  7. Ooh this is so pretty Liz! And I love how it sorta bridges the gap between summer and fall, with the raspberries + the toasty deep flavors of bourbon and brown sugar. Nice!

  8. This cocktail is gorgeous, Liz, and those flavors! Bourbon and brown sugar with raspberries sounds AMAZING. 🙂

  9. YUUUHS these are slapping me silly! From the fresh raspberries to that sugah and alll the bourbon! I love a good fizzy cocktails, and these look perfectly addicting!

  10. Um, yes!! I will have a few!

  11. What a great cocktail – gotta try this soon!

  12. Liz, haha. . with this fabulous cocktail and BOURBON, you are forgiven! love this! so beautiful!

  13. No judgment here, if I could, I would be having a cocktail way more than twice a week! These look SO refreshing and GORGEOUS. I’m jealous.

  14. I’m always up for a cocktail Liz and especially one as pretty as this!!

  15. Yes please to more cocktails and patio sitting!! And I’m loving all of the brown sugar recipes lately, so much better than the plain ole white stuff 😉

  16. Yum! I’m such a fan of raspberries and I love cooking seasonally as well 🙂

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  18. Don’t say the W word around here girl. Trying to soak up what’s left of this summer and this drunk is just perfect for that.

  19. No judgments. I’m all about the happy hour on the back patio too. I think this is a perfect cocktail and would be happy to join you on the patio!

  20. Well, this looks awesome! Love the brown sugar and raspberry simple syrup!

  21. LOVE this and have missed your cocktail posts! I’m starting to do cocktails myself, so I’m going to need a little coaching from the master 🙂

  22. I am definitely adding this to my list!! I would love it if you would link it up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black – my weekly cocktail link up!

  23. I love the seasonal list and your cute glasses, and this fizz sounds so refreshing and nice, I have to start making my own cocktails!

  24. looks amazing!!

  25. Yessss!!! Love your bourbon cocktails, Liz. Indeed, August is sit on the porch/deck month! Yeah, there are pumpkins in the fields here!! PUMPKINS!! It’s August, right? Feels like October (Gah!!!). I’ll go ahead and add the mash, but leave it out for Rob.. these are just gorgeous and I know taste amazing! Thank you for this, Liz!

    • Pumpkins – eeek! I don’t even want to think about that yet. I’m still dreaming of berries…and bourbon! 🙂

  26. Booze me up now!! This sounds amazing 🙂

  27. This sounds like the perfect summer drink. I don’t make cocktails very often (I am much better at just drinking them), but I will definitely be making this. The color is gorgeous!

  28. I’ll be holding on to summer as long as I can, especially if it means sipping one of these!!!

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