The Diplomat

Summer is raspberry season and each year we tend to feature a drink that highlights the delicious fruit in all its glory. The Clover Club and The Sweet Nero are two such examples.

But this year was particularly special because Anthony gifted me a beautiful bottle of Chambord Royale for my birthday. What a generous friend!

Photos by ADV Photography

Chambord is a liqueur with flavours of red and black raspberries front and centre. It also has notes of vanilla, citrus, honey, and cognac. It adds a wonderful complexity and sweetness to cocktails.

Because it doesn’t need a lot of help, I decided to highlight the Chambord in my recipe:


2 oz Chambord
½ oz Tanqueray No. 10 Gin
1 oz lemon juice
Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic Water
Garnish: Sprig of thyme and strawberry

In a shaker with ice, add all the ingredients except the club soda and garnish. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with a splash of tonic water and lightly stir. Garnish with sprig of thyme and strawberry.

This is a perfect summer cocktail. The Chambord really comes through, but balances well with the other ingredients. I used Tanqueray No. 10 because its full citrus notes help offset some of the sweetness of the raspberry.

The elderflower tonic water adds a nice floral element to the drink, but you could always go for something more neutral like club soda if you prefer. Both options are perfectly viable.

So I hope you try one of these for yourself and say a special toast to the wonderful raspberry.

Oh and Anthony – I’ll need another bottle of Chambord before my next birthday.

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