I’m surprised I haven’t included the Cosmopolitan cocktail in a Friday Cocktails post before today; I’ve always loved them. Their combination of sweet and tart fits a flavor profile I love in a cold drink. Pretty doesn’t hurt either! This year I’m making The Cosmopolitan Cocktail for viewing the Emmy Awards on Sunday night. I enjoy the awards shows…even if I often do my own version of ‘delay’ otherwise known as TIVO.
If the event starts at 6pm I’ll host a party starting at 6 with food and cocktails and then we’ll start watching at 7ish. Buzzing through commercials might be the expected reason but when it comes to awards shows as soon as I hear the words, ‘I would like to thank yada, yada and yada…I’m gone. Zip…onto next award. Thank your Mother and get on with it people!
I’ve also been waiting for an opportunity to use these glasses that my daughter gave me for Christmas and thought this would be a perfect time. Dressier than usual which the Emmy Awards require but even more than that? I thought they needed a cocktail with a vivid color…better to see the design with my dear! Don’t they look ever so stylish? I just know that if People Magazine were to view them on a red carpet, they would surely win the ‘Best Dressed Cosmopolitan Cocktail’ Award. I know you’ll agree and thanks again Em; I just love these glasses!
I was gifted a bottle of Beluga Vodka that I used for this cocktail. It is distilled from grain in Western Siberian distillery founded in 1900, filtered through quartz sand and silver, and cut with water from a Siberian spring.
The company says it is distinguished “by using a preciously calibrated distillation ritual, which gives its vodka a pure enrichment of high quality taste.” It is a straight vodka, but does include a few additives, apparently in small proportions, including honey, oat extract, and Silybum marianum extract (you know it as the milk thistle).
This vodka is fairly simple which isn’t bad; vodka is supposed to be “neutral” but it’s best for tastes that lean toward the sweeter which was perfect for this cocktail. I liked the vodka a lot but have to comment on the bottle…that beluga whale is a three dimensional piece of metal…very cool if you ask me and makes for a memorable first impression. Two shot glasses with the same whale sealed the deal; I’ll have to craft something that would work in them…is there a cocktail with caviar I wonder?
- 1 oz Orange Liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier for example)
- 3/4 oz lime juice
- 1 oz cranberry juice
- 1 1/2 oz vodka
- Orange twist for garnish
- Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and shake well.
- Strain into a chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with an orange twist.