The Cosmopolitan or “cosmo” is the quintessential cocktail from the last decade. The cosmo, a purely elegant drink made famous in “Sex in the City”. Consequently, having the knowledge and ingredients to make this drink is a must for any large cocktail party. I have found the Cosmopolitan is one of the most requested cocktails I make. It is safe to say, those who like cosmos want cosmos.
The cosmo is fun to serve as it is a beautiful drink, pink, and utterly elegant.
A cosmopolitan is very simple cocktail. Therefore it relies on the quality of ingredients to make it delicious. Consequently the four ingredients need to be balanced, rest assured they will all come through.
Balance Between Quality and Proportion
The four ingredients are, vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice, and an orange liqueur. Due to this short list, quality is key. As for vodka, it is carrying the weight here, make it a good one. In vodka land this means as flavorless as possible. Tito’s or Absolute are prefect, you can pour better such as Grey Goose, Van Gogh, or Belvedere, pick your poison. I don’t recommend any bargain vodka.
The juices should be of a high quality. The lime juice should be fresh squeezed, the cranberry should be 100% juice.
I have found the make or break here is the quality of the orange liqueur. I have tried Curacao, and Triple Sec, in both cases these came through too strongly, adding an almost chemical flavor to the cocktail. It could be that my bottles of these are not of good quality, or they just don’t marry well, either way, I recommend Cointreau. If we are selecting from the top shelf the other three ingredients, then grab the Cointreau, its worth it.
Tito’s Hand Made Vodka. Cointreau. Cranberry. Lime.
A cosmopolitan is very simple cocktail and relies on the quality of the four ingredients which need to be balanced, rest assured they will all come through.
- 2 ounces High Quality Vodka
- 3/4 ounce Cointreau
- 1 ounce 100% Cranberry Juice
- 3/4 ounce Lime Juice
- Orange Twist for Garnish
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with an orange twist.
Shake this drink well, it should be very cold with an icy surface.
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