This past Saturday, August 20th, was National Lemonade Day and there really isn't anything better on a hot day than a tall glass of lemonade...except a lemonade cocktail!
We've always fallen back on vodka and lemonade in the past, but we decided to give our spiked citrus drink a twist this year with some new liquor friends - whiskey and rum. What a hit! The sweetness of the rum and the rich oakiness of the whiskey rounded out the lemonade for an amazing cocktail.
Now we used a 10 Year Canadian Club in our recipe and I think it probably makes a nice difference as it's a more complex flavor on it's own and adds so much to the drink. But I'm pretty sure that our usual standard of CC 6 Year would have been delicious as well.
Raspberry Canadian Lemonade
2 parts Canadian Club Reserve 10 Year
1 part Cruzan Rum
4 parts Raspberry Lemonade (we just used Crystal Light)
1 part Raspberry Puree
Fresh raspberries, mint and a lemon wedge for garnish
Directions: Shake all items in a shaker filled with ice and pour in a tall ice-filled glass. Garnish with fresh raspberries, a sprig of mint and a lemon wedge.
If you are making large quantities, you could also stir these ingredients in a pitcher and pour over ice.