Raspberry Lime Rickey Cocktail

by Matthew Petrelis on June 30, 2014

in Drinks, Featured, Fruit, Man Makes Food


Happy Monday! Today, Matthew updates an old and loved recipe of his youth, a Raspberry Lime Rickey, that we think is just right for July. Shake off any Monday blues, and get excited for this Friday (could July 4th fall any more perfectly?)!-  Amy

It was at my first job working in a small, family-owned apothecary (that had been around for generations) that I found that I had a great appreciation for tradition. Whether it was the passed down business practices being carried out, or the old building itself in which the store was housed, there were these time-tested things that were special and which were always honored.


One of the daily rituals while I worked behind the counter was to go to the ice cream shop across the street during lunch, for vanilla sodas and raspberry lime rickies. It was a small but generous gesture from the owners, which made the act of enjoying a little refreshment in the middle of my shift that much more special.

I wanted to harken back to those memories of my sixteen year old self, while still honoring a bit of my adult self as well. It was time to break out the limes, the raspberries, and the Chambord.


Chambord has always been a favorite liquor of mine, but sadly I forgot about it for a while. But now that I have found myself again with its unmistakably shaped bottle, I got to playing around a bit. Turns out, a really nice substitute for raspberry syrup is Chambord – perhaps because it is a black raspberry liquor.


I incorporated fresh from the market raspberries, along with juiced limes and a touch of sugar, when creating this re-invention of a classic New England summer refresher. The Chambord is a perfect stand-in for the raspberry syrup one traditionally uses, and the addition of muddled raspberries and lime makes for a great patio cocktail or poolside companion.

It’s a simple swap of an ingredient that is sure to have your friends calling on you to make this raspberry lime rickey mixture by the pitcher – especially if they have as much of a respect and love of tradition as you do.


 Raspberry Lime Rickey Cocktail

Makes one cocktail – feel free to scale up!


  • 3 to 4 fresh raspberries
  • 1-2 slices of lime
  • 1 shot Chambord
  • 2 shots vodka
  • 4 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (super fine is best)
  • Ice
  • 1/4 cup (a splash) of Soda water


  1. In a tall glass, muddle together the raspberries and lime slices. Add a few cubes of ice. Set aside.
  2. Add Chambord, vodka, fresh lime juice and sugar into a drink shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously.
  3. Pour the mixture from the shaker into the glass of muddled raspberries and lime slices. Top with enough soda water to fill the glass. Give a stir or two with your straw and enjoy!


Photos taken and styled by Matthew.

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Matthew Petrelis

Matthew Petrelis, writer, photographer, living just outside of Boston where during the day he is a cardiac sonographer. A New England native, he enjoys traveling in search of food finds, antiques, forgotten buildings and inspiration with his husband and their pug. Matthew often writes about his adventures - culinary and otherwise - on his website The Things I Think About. You can also find him on Twitter (@petrelis) and just about any other social media platform.

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