This refreshing drink has all the makings of a signature party cocktail. It can be adjusted to taste (using light rum instead of the gin will tilt it toward a mojito). And the pitcher-size format means more time with guests rather than shaking drinks.
1 cup raspberries, divided
1/4 English cucumber, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons packed fresh mint leaves, plus 4 or 5 mint sprigs
1/4 cup sugar
3 ounces lemon juice
8 ounces gin
1 bottle (12 to 14 oz.) cold seltzer
How to Make It
Put 1/3 cup raspberries, the cucumber, and 2 tbsp. mint in a pitcher. Add sugar. Mash with a wooden spoon or muddler until raspberries are crushed and mint is aromatic. Add lemon juice and gin and stir until sugar dissolves. Add seltzer to pitcher; gently stir.
Set ice cubes in 4 or 5 glasses (12-oz. size). Divide remaining raspberries among glasses. Pour in the cocktail and tuck a mint sprig into each glass.
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