Miss China’s Kooky Cosmopolitan Cocktail

Since Vodka is Bartender 608’s February Spirit of the Month, I figured I’d place this on for this weeks Drink of the Week.

The Cosmopolitan (The Cosmo.)

The Cosmopolitan hit the scene in the mid to late 1970’s. The locations, origins and variations of the drink have been linked to:

Manhattan, Florida, Minnesota and San Francisco

Although this is a pink drink it can be and is a serious cocktail…

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First, chill your cocktail glass(es) by stowing them in the freezer or by filling it with ice cubes and setting them aside while you prepare The Drink. Choose an above the bottom shelf vodka.  Not every “good cocktail” must have top shelf spirits like Belvidere, Goose or Ketel One, (let’s face it, sometimes it just isn’t in the monthly/weekly budget) but something mid-range like, Svedka, Smirnoff or Stoli is just fine.

Once you’ve selected your vodka, it’s time to grab your Triple Sec.  Again, if you can’t manage to get your hands on Grand Marnier or Cointreau, regular simple Triple Sec will do but, don’t overdo it…

When possible, use fresh lime juice instead of (my favorite) Rose’s lime juice.  Why?  You won’t need the additional sugar that comes with the Roses.

So, now that we’re ready, let’s go!

Miss China’s Kooky Cosmopolitan

One pint glass filled 1/2 with cracked ice
4 oz.  Citrus Vodka
2 oz.  Triple Sec
1 oz.  Fresh Lime Juice
1 Drop of Vanilla Extract
QUICK SPLASH of Red Cranberry Juice

Add all of the above to the pint glass, top with a Boston shaker and shake all ingredients for 7 – 15 seconds.  Just enough to chill and combine all the flavors.

Strain and pour the Kooky Cosmopolitan into your two (2) frosty/chilled cocktail glass; garnish with three (3) thin lime wedges.
Over 21?  Enjoy your non-girly, full flavored martini…

~Miss China Moon

Bartender 608 for Hire

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The Ten Commandments of Bartending

The following is a list of rules that is expected of all bar tenders.
They are the most important principles and skills needed to be a great bar tender, and they should never, EVER be violated.
  • I.  Thou shall always, ALWAYS keep the Bar Top Clean & sticky free.
  • II. Thou shall keep your Cool under pressure (Yes, even when the patrons are hootin’ and hollerin’ like a hog caller in heat.)
  • III. Thou shall be able to take a minimum of three drink orders at a time
  • IV. Thou shall Never ever count Tips in front of customers. (Seriously.  Really, I’m not kidding.  It’s tacky.)
  • V. Thou shall leave all  dramatic substances and bullshit at the Door.
  • VI. Thou shall treat each customer like a Royalty.
  • VII. Thou shall have a sense of humor, an outstanding personality and great LISTENER (SHUT UP once in awhile and let THEM talk…)
  • VIII. Thou shall always use speed and efficiency when mixing any cocktail
  • IX. Thou shall always remain organized and CLEAN UP behind their bar.
  • X. Thou shall use both hands at all times. (Two is better than one.)