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Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipes

Article by Carolyn Donohue

Can we hold “Sex in the City” responsible for “le cocktail cosmopolitaine”? Does it matter? Whoever had the first idea for this fabulous party drink should be awarded a Nobel. They’re cool, fruity, light and hip to sip and have become one of the most popular cocktails at clubs, bars, restaurants and at home-held parties. Just ask for a “Cosmo” and you’re good to go!

There are hundreds of varieties of cocktail recipes cosmopolitan and you can craft even more if you have a creative imagination. But the first Cosmo cocktail out of the gate is this one and here’s how you build it.

First, make sure that the martini glass in which you’ll serve this work of art is good and chilled. Then, assemble the following delectable components,

-an ounce and a half of vodka – get the good stuff for this party ice-breaker;

-an ounce of Triple Sec or Cointreau – orange based and again, get the good stuff, not the pale imitations – you need one which is distilled from real fruit;

-half an ounce of freshly-squeezed lime

-a little dribble of cranberry juice – just enough to color the drink so that it looks pretty.

Pour (gently) all the ingredients into a chilled cocktail shaker, add ice and shake it well – sounds wonderful! Now, strain it into that pre-chilled martini glass and dress up it with a thin slice of orange peel or a wedge of lime. You are now beholding one of the best-loved cosmopolitan recipes – but you are not required to share it. Keep it all to yourself while taking a relaxing soak in a bubble bath, surrounded with scented candles.

As noted earlier, there are so many varieties of the Cosmo – some require a little more cranberry juice, while others need less. Initially, the many of the Cosmo recipes were made using vodka citron; its lemony flavor added a little bite to it. But like everything else worthwhile, it is your own personal preference which is important and what you add to your Cosmo is entirely up to your judgment.

Some purist-type bartenders insist that you should serve all cosmopolitans by squeezing the fresh lime juice into the chilled mart glass first – then add the contents of the shaker. Sounds good! And if you have courage (sip at your Cosmo), consider making a Blue Cosmo! You use blue Curacao instead of the Triple Sec or Cointreau and add white cranberry juice in place of the red. And of course, you can always make a batch of cosmopolitans in a glass measuring jug too – but it’s less fun.

“Cocktail” party is a serious misnomer unless you include Cosmos in your drinks menu. Everyone loves them and they look so attractive when poured into the appropriate glassware. But the big secret to all perfectly made and served cosmopolitans is the chilled glass. Absolutely critical.

There are of course, several ways to chill your glasses and keep them chilled while creating your Cosmos. If you’re hosting your cocktail party on your patio or deck, pour a couple of bags of ice into a cooler and place your glasses on top ahead of time. Just take out a glass when you’re ready to dispense your first Cosmo and you now have a party. You could also make some room in the freezer and place your glasses in there for a minute or two, which is long enough to chill them thoroughly.

Make sure you have thin slices of fruit to garnish your creations – orange, lime, pineapple, even peeled kiwi fruit – and lemon of course. Keep them chilled as well – and have a wonderful cocktail party!

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