How to Make a Cosmopolitan


-Vodka:  you can use any variety of vodka, but I prefer good value vodkas (read: inexpensive, not cheap).  I like 360 Vodka (which I’ve found for as little as $17 per 750 ml bottle) and Sobieski Vodka, which retails for approximately $15-$18 for a 1.75 liter bottle.  I do not like to spend over $20 for a fifth—with so many good values, why should you?  Supposedly, the original recipe calls for citron, or lemon-flavored vodka.  If you plan to use citron, Svedka Citron is a good choice.

-Cranberry juice

-Triple Sec—use a high quality triple sec, such as Cointreau, which will give you a better quality Cosmo

-Rose’s lime juice—you can substitute the juice of ½ lime, but Rose’s is sweetened, which will reflect in your drink.

-Lime wedge (garnish)

-Piece of orange (to flavor the rim)

1.  Make sure you start with your vodka in the freezer and the cranberry juice, Rose’s, and triple sec in the refrigerator.  The colder your ingredients, the less ice you’ll melt when you mix them.  Additionally, you’ll want your martini glass in the freezer, so that the drink does not warm up too quickly after being poured.

2.  Preparing the tumbler.  Before I mix the ingredients, I like to chill the tumbler.  You can keep it in the freezer, but I usually take ice & water and shake it until the tumbler is frigid.  Pour out the ice & water and dry with a cloth.

3.  Fill your tumbler with ice. 

4.  Pour your ingredients using a shot glass in the following ratios:

-2 parts vodka

-1 part triple sec

-1 part cranberry juice

-Juice of ½ lime, or approx. 1 tablespoon of Rose’s Lime Juice 

If you use one shot glass (1.5 ounces) to measure, you should be able to fill a medium martini glass.  You may have to adjust the sizes (not the ratio) for your martini glasses.  In any case, I do measure precisely—loose pouring leads to sloppy drinks. 

5.  Put the top on the tumbler & shake.  I usually give between 3-5 shakes, as any more shaking will only serve to “bruise the booze” and water it down. 

6.  Rim the martini glass with the orange piece, and pour the cocktail into the martini glass.  Top the martini glass with the lime wedge.

7.  Serve and enjoy!

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