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
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