Pink Panther: Raspberry, Orange and Cardamom Non-alcoholic Martini

Make way for the tiny and mighty raspberry: imparting lip smacking flavor and eye-popping color to any mocktail it touches.  It can be showcased no better than in this raspberry, orange and cardamom non-alcoholic martini.  It’s the perfect drink for those who like a little sass with their sophistication. 

The prominent flavor of this mocktail is fresh and bright raspberry.  The sweet zesty orange and herbal warmth of cardamom add a subtle layer of complexity without overshadowing the pure berry character.

If you can get your hands on ripe raspberries, it is well worth the effort to make your own juice.  The fresh flavor is unparalleled to anything that you’ll find bottled in the supermarket.

So, grab your shaker and let’s get started on this fuchsia-hued delight.


  • 2 oz. (60 ml) raspberry juice (see below)
  • 1 oz. (30 ml) freshly squeezed orange juice (approx. ½ a small orange)
  • ¾ oz. (22.5 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice (approx. ¾ lemon)
  • ½ oz. (15 ml) cardamom syrup (see here)
  • Slice of lemon for garnish (optional)

For the raspberry juice:

  • 2 oz. (60 g) raspberries (approx. 15 berries)
  • 2 oz. (60 ml) water


  • Heavy-bottom saucepan with lid
  • Wooden spoon or heat-proof spatula
  • Fine-mesh sieve
  • Small bowl
  • Metal spoon
  • Knife
  • Citrus juicer
  • Jigger or measuring spoons
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Martini glass


  1. Start with the raspberry juice.
  2. Add the raspberries and water to a heavy bottom saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Crush the raspberries into the water with the back of a spoon.
  4. Once the mixture has come to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer with the lid on for 10 minutes.
  5. Pass the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to separate the seeds and pulp from the raspberry juice.
  6. Leave the juice to cool to room temperature.
  7. Next, assemble the mocktail.
  8. Add the raspberry juice, orange juice, lemon juice and cardamom syrup to a cocktail shaker.
  9. Throw in a handful of ice and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds until the outside of the shaker is ice-cold.
  10. Strain the mixture into a martini glass and garnish with a slice of lemon.

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Raspberry, Orange and Cardamom Non-alcoholic Martini FAQ

What type of raspberries should I use for this recipe?
You can use any type of raspberries that you like.  If you use fresh raspberries, ensure that they are ripe to impart the best flavor.

Can I use frozen raspberries instead of fresh?
Yes, you can use frozen raspberries if fresh ones are not available.  Simply add them straight into the saucepan with the water – no need to thaw.

How fine should I crush the raspberries?
You should aim to crush the raspberries to a pulp to extract as much juice as possible.

Can I make the raspberry juice ahead of time?
Yes, you can make the raspberry juice ahead of time and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days until you’re ready to use it.

Where can I find cardamom syrup?
You can either purchase cardamom syrup online or make it yourself by simmering crushed cardamom pods in sugar and water until it becomes syrupy.  The recipe can be found here.

Can I substitute the martini glass with another type of glass?
Yes, you can.  The martini glass will give the cocktail an elegant and sophisticated look, but you can serve it how you like – for example, in a short rocks glass with ice.  For a less concentrated drink, you can also top with soda water, lemon soda, or tonic water and serve in a highball or Collins glass. 

Can I skip the lemon garnish?
Yes, the lemon garnish is optional.  It’s a quick and easy way to present the mocktail, but is not necessary.  I think the yellow of the lemon offsets the pink color of the drink nicely.

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