Eyes Wide Shut

Mixology consultant Josh Durr flavors this bourbon-grapefruit drink with a Simple Syrup made from fresh raspberries. This recipe is ideal for parties because rather than shaking each cocktail individually, you can prepare a big batch in advance.

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  • Servings: 8
  • Time(Other): plus overnight macerating and 2 hours of chilling

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Ingredients

  • 2 ounces fresh raspberries (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 16 ounces bourbon, preferably Four Roses Single Barrel
  • 8 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 32 dashes (about 1 ounce) of Peychaud's bitters
  • Ice
  • 16 ounces chilled club soda
  • 8 grapefruit twists, for garnish

How to make this recipe

  1. In a blender or food processor, puree the raspberries with the sugar and 4 ounces cold water. Transfer the raspberry syrup to a jar, cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Strain the syrup into a pitcher, then stir in the bourbon, grapefruit juice, lime juice and bitters. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
  3. Stir the drink, then pour into 8 chilled ice-filled collins glasses. Stir 2 ounces of club soda into each drink and garnish with the grapefruit twists.
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