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Jun 1, 2009 07:54 AM

Raspberry Lime Rickey Syrup

A friend has posed the following question to you Bostonians have any recommendations (homemade or store bought?)

Do you know of a really good raspberry syrup that I can use for raspberry lime rickeys? I have always used raspberry Zarex, but apparently they aren’t making it any more and I can’t find it anywhere. I’m well known for making great rlr’s. I’m having company this coming weekend and I don’t want to disappoint them.
Can you help?

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  1. The best used to be made by the Whipple company in Natick but they are now gone. My last batch i got was from one of the mail order bubble tea outfits. Do a google on bubble tea supplies. Most of the larger places have 2-3 types of raspberry syrup. I think i got this big jug here for $11. Only complaint was it had alot of the little raspberry seeds in it but hey at least that tells me its got some real fruit in it. NOT a fan of Zarex at all, yuck!

    1. If you want to make it at home, I just used this recipe and it was really good.
      I got it from the current issue of Cook's Country magazine
      3 Cups frozen raspberries
      2 Cups sugar
      1/2 Cup water
      4 teaspoons grated lime zest and 1/ Cup lime juice
      Seltzer or club soda

      Heat raspberries, sugar, and water about 5 minutes
      Mash them up and add juice and zest, simmer about 5 more minutes.
      Strain it and discard solids, refrigerate syrup until cool.
      To serve:
      3/4 cup selzer and 2 Tablespoons syrup over ice.

      1. Thanks so much for your recommendations. I'm passing them along and I know they will be really helpful!

        1. I've always used Torani syrups. I get them at the Restaurant Depot in Chelsea so I'm not sure which grocery stores carry them.

          1. The only thing to use is Monin Raspberry Syrup. You can get it at Cardullo's in Harvard Square or Formaggio Kitchen.