Last updated on May 30th, 2014
ON A HOT SUMMER AFTERNOON, is there anything more refreshing than a Cosmopolitan? I don’t think so. A Cosmopolitan — or “cosmo,” as the girls on HBO’s Sex and The City endeared it — is a frosty-cold, perfectly-pink cocktail that’s redolent of cranberry, orange, and fresh-squeezed lime. Shall we sit by the pool and sip one?
To make this ambrosial drink, first fill a martini glass with ice. Or, if you have room in your freezer –I do not — you can stick the glass in there. In any event, the goal is to get the glass cold, cold, cold.
Surely one of you will say “That’s too much — a Cosmopolitan should have only a whisper of cranberry!” But when I’ve tried anything other than equal amounts of cranberry and vodka, the drink was far too dry. I want a mildly-sweet, refreshing cocktail — not a martini.
Now add 1/2 ounce (22 ml) Cointreau to the shaker. Cointreau is an orange liqueur, much like Grand Marnier, La Belle Orange, and triple-sec. But it has the cleanest taste of all such liqueurs.You might have a different opinion.
And by the way, I hope you won’t skimp here and use sweetened lime juice from concentrate. There is no substitute for the real thing. I speak from experience.
Remember the film “Cocktail” starring Tom Cruise? You want to shake that stainless steel gadget just like he did.
Poor Tom Cruise. Do you think he could use a Cosmopolitan right about now?
Now take a sip. Notice how the flavors are beautifully balanced? You can taste them all, and not one ingredient overwhelms the others. That’s why I think this version of a Cosmopolitan is the best one out there.
Here’s a copy-and-paste version of the above recipe:
The Perfect Cosmopolitan
Ingredients for one cocktail
1 1/2 oz (45 ml) good-quality citron vodka
1 1/2 oz cranberry juice
1/2 oz (22 ml) freshly-squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz Cointreau
Fill a martini glass with ice cubes. Pour vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice and orange liqueur into a cocktail shaker. Add one cup of ice to the shaker, and then shake, shake, shake for 20 seconds, or until little droplets of water appear on the shaker’s walls. Empty ice from martini glass, and pour in the cocktail. Garnish with a slice of lime.
Think you might try this Cosmopolitan recipe? You can let me know by leaving a comment. As always, I enjoy hearing from you.
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