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.
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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 concentrating on 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 not feeling the greatest.
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! Cointreau is smooth and magical, with a lovely orange nuance.
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Fresh limes are a key ingredient in the list of cosmopolitan cocktail ingredients 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.
The orange also leaves a bit of a scent that is picked up by the nose while drinking. It’s a must!
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 regular sized 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.
The crushed ice is then added to a Ziploc freezer bag and kept 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.
In a pinch, you can smash some ice with a meat mallet in a Ziploc bag. It won’t be the same as finely pulverized ice, but you can get by.
How gorgeous is this cocktail? And even though it’s girly pink, the drink itself has a decent amount of alcohol, so even the men love this one. Normally guys would never order a cosmo in a bar, since it’s often pretty weak, but all the males ask for this one all the time when visiting my home. However, this refreshing drink still remains a favorite cocktail at my house.
If you are have a gender reveal party or a baby shower, this drink couldn’t be more perfect.
Serve this cosmopolitan alongside this blue drink if appropriate for the perfect girl-boy combo.
This cosmopolitan is also a welcome beverage at bridal showers, graduation and birthday celebrations.
After you shake the drink vigorously in a shaker, scoop in the tiny ice for the perfect ending touch.
It’s little things, like the addition of crushed ice, that make this cocktail one of the best.
How many of you started drinking cosmopolitan’s after watching that famous New York based drama with Carrie Bradshaw?
I miss that show, but at least we have the drinks.
The perfect girl’s night is reruns of the show and big batch of these cosmopolitans’.
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 cocktail
- 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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