Why would you want to drink anything other than the World’s Best Cosmopolitan Cocktail? The only thing girly about this cosmo drink is its color.
It might seem a little cocky of me to call this the World’s Best Cosmopolitan Cocktail, but you’re going to have to trust me on this one. Or make it yourself to confirm this is the best cosmo recipe. It’s so refreshing, you just might never drink a different cocktail again.
I have been messing with this cosmopolitan recipe for years. Sure, there are the classic ingredients when it comes to a signature cosmo, but when it comes to making cocktails, it’s all about the execution and the details. Little things matter.
The only problem with being able to make a great cosmopolitan cocktail at home, is how disappointing they taste when you’re out at a bar; they are too sweet, too little alcohol or too sharp tasting. Obviously the better bars and restaurants have better bartenders, but man do they hold back on that alcohol, even for you eighteen dollar drink.
One of the easiest ways to make your cocktails taste great is by using top shelf alcohol. There is a huge difference between a bottle of five dollar vodka and forty dollar vodka. And the five dollar vodka will leave you with a nice little hangover.
Your vodka for a cosmopolitan must be a citron version, unflavored vodka will not cut it. Also, stop using triple sec in a cosmopolitan recipe, it has such a sharp taste. Upgrade your bar cabinet with Cointreau and you will never use anything else in your drinks. I even use Cointreau in my mojito and my Hemingway Daiquiri because it makes the drink so FABULOUS! It’s smooth and magical, with a lovely orange nuance.
Fresh limes are a key ingredient in this drink and one thing I cannot live without in my kitchen is my citrus press. It squeezes your lemons and limes to almost dry. It’s not even possible to get as much juice out when you squeeze with your hands. Even the driest lime will yields lots of juice with this press. And this tool lasts for years and years.
A small drink garnish in your cocktail is a nice detail to any drink. With a cosmopolitan I always add an orange peel. This particular zester makes large peels or thin zest, without going into the fruit’s pith.
A cosmopolitan cocktail needs to be icy cold. And while this drink is shaken vigorously in ice, it benefits from an icy finish in the glass and you don’t want to add ice cubes.
This is where a high performance blender comes in and the reason they are pricey. You can crush ice to snow cone consistency in 10 seconds. I then add the ice to a Ziploc freezer bag and keep it in my freezer to scoop out when making cocktails. The ice will stick together, but it breaks up easily. The blender is worth it and it’s ice-crushing abilities undoubtedly make a difference in this drink.
How gorgeous is this cocktail? And even though it’s girly pink, the drink itself has a decent amount of alcohol, so even my husband loves this one. He would never order a cosmo in a bar, since it’s often pretty weak, but he asks for this one all the time at home. However, this refreshing drink still remains his favorite cocktail I make at home.
If you are have a gender reveal party or a baby shower, this drink couldn’t be more perfect. Serve it alongside this blue drink if appropriate for the perfect girl-boy combo.
After you shake the drink vigorously in a shaker, scoop in the tiny ice for the perfect ending touch.
How many of you started drinking cosmopolitan’s after watching Sex and the City? I miss that show, but at least we have the drinks.
I feel a girl’s night coming on?
Cheers everyone…let me know when you make this.
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World's Best Cosmopolitan Cocktail
- 2.5 oz citron vodka (do not substitute plain vodka)
- 1.0 oz Cointreau
- 1.0 oz cranberry juice
- 0.5 oz fresh lime juice
- finely crushed ice
- orange peel for garnish
- Add vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice and fresh lime juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until very cold. Strain into a cold martini glass and finish of with a scoop of very finely, crushed ice. Garnish with an orange peel.
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