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Raspberry spritzer in a champagne glass in front of a white background.

Raspberry Basil Bourbon Spritzers

  • Author: Jessie
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Inactive Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 4 cocktails 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


These easy raspberry basil bourbon spritzers are perfect for summer!



For the raspberry basil simple syrup:

  • 8 ounces fresh raspberries (about 1 cup), plus extra for garnish
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

For the cocktails:

  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) raspberry basil simple syrup
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) bourbon
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) Prosecco (you can also use champagne or club soda)
  • Plenty of ice
  • Extra basil leaves and fresh raspberries, for garnish (optional)


For the raspberry syrup:

For the cocktails:

  1. Top each cocktail with prosecco (be sure to pour slowly so the drink doesn’t bubble over). Garnish with a sprig of fresh basil and a fresh raspberry (optional). Serve immediately.


Swaps and substitutions. Use strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or peaches in place of the raspberries here. Use thyme instead of basil, or omit the herbs altogether for a more fruit-forward drink. For a sweeter drink, add an extra splash of simple syrup. Use vodka, rum, gin, or your favorite nonalcoholic spirit in place of the bourbon.

Can I make these cocktails ahead of time? Yes - make the simple syrup ahead of time, let it cool completely, then store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week (or in the freezer for several months). We don’t recommend mixing the entire cocktail ahead of time - just make the simple syrup a few days in advance and shake everything together when you’re ready for a drink!

Which bourbon should I use? We typically use Elijah Craig as our mixing bourbon, but use whatever you like to drink! Maker’s Mark, Four Roses Single Barrel, and Woodford Reserve are all good here too.

Keywords: drinks, cocktail, valentine's day