Sunburned Berry Cocktail

Makes 1 serving

This summertime cocktail is from Kara Newman's spirited book, Spice & Ice, which includes 60 tongue-tingling cocktails. Kara says to take this drink to the "I dare you" level, rim the glass with a mixture of sugar and chili powder. With tart raspberries, fiery chili powder, and full-bodied bourbon, this is one feisty summertime cocktail. 

1/4 cup fresh raspberries
1/2 teaspoon chili powder (I prefer 1/4 teaspoon)
1 1/2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce lime juice

1. In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle the berries and chili powder. Add teh bourbon, simple syrup, and lime juice. Shake together with ice and strain into a martini glass.

How to make simple syrup:
1. Place equal parts water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously until the sugar dissolves. Low the heat, and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Remove from heat; cool. Pour into a container and refrigerate.

Recipe reprinted by Susan Russo of Food Blogga with permission from Kara Newman of Spice & Ice.