Ok, the week has finished and I have learned what makes a Cosmopolitan work.
Yet my work is nevah evah done.
I found that the citron vodka is so very worth it. Pay the price, if an excellant Cosmo is what you desire. A bit more than half fresh lime juice to vodka works. Vodka and Cointreau in a 3:2 ratio. Provided you are using cranberry juice cocktail use equal parts of that and lime juice. And garnish with lime, not lemon.
But I was not satisfied. In my quest to perfect the Cosmo and give it the winning edge, I wanted to give it some brawn. Some might. The Cosmo has brains, but they are stifled by the insistance of society that Cosmos be relegated to woman.
So I added in a factor with a bit of machismo: Campari.
It is bitter. The stuff of Negronis. Now, it is also the stuff of not-just-a-drink-for-females.
I’d call it Moen but people would expect a hot and cold dial.
As a bonus I am throwing in a variation created by the lovely Alice.
Make it and love it. Know that you are no longer sipping a girl drink, you are drinking a universal elixir.
The Mo-ellen(created by Ellen Clifford, for a little mo’ ellen in your life)
1/2 oz. Campari
1/2 oz. Cointreau
1 1/2 oz. citron vodka
1 oz. lime
1 1/2 oz. cranberry juice cocktail(your results will be even less sweet if you use regular juice)
Lime slice to garnish.
Shake up. Strain. Garnish. Sip.
For an Mo-Alicell top off with champagne. You lose a bit of macho but gain a bit of class.
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Now on to the last of the experimental Cosmos. It stood out for it’s non-partisan blend of vodka, Cointreau and cranberry. Did this provide a perfect balance? Almost. Not quite.
I have examined this recipe, sipped, scribbled and contemplated all data from this and the previous four Cosmo recipes to create an Ellen Original. The Cosmo with the Edge. Because I’m edgy. Yah. T’will be unveiled tomorrow.
In the meantime, consider this:
Cosmopolitan #3 from the Drink Pro Lite App
1 oz. vodka
1 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. cranberry juice cocktail(sweeter than juice!)
1/2 oz. Lime juice
Shake all but the wedge and strain. Garnish with wedge.
Color: just a hair less pink than the pinkest. Barbie’s kid sister
Refreshing factor: Quite, but bracing
Balance: a bit strong of an alcohol finish
Really quite decent. But I missed that citron vodka.
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And now an apology:
Dear Hello Giggles,
I know I professed a distinct dislike, bordering on hatred towards the word giggle. I am sorry if I offended you and your site’s name. You do in fact make me laugh. We can agree to disagree on the worthiness of the word “giggle”.
Plus you could have named your blog titter(yes I mean titter not twitter).
That would be worse.
P.S. This drink is on me
cosmopolitan #2 from the Drinks Free App
1 1/4 oz. citron vodka
1/4 oz. lime juice
1/4 oz. Cointreau
1/4 c.(2 oz.) cranberry juice cocktail(cocktail being sweeter than regular old juice)
Shake it with ice, strain, garnish with lime twist.
Color: the prettiest yet, neon pink and the line garnish serves as a nice contrast
Refreshing factor: medium-low, the low amount of lime shows
Sweetness: high, probably the cranberry cocktail
In keeping with the girliness of Hello Giggles, this drink excels in that category. It is sweet and superbly pink.
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No nevermind, please don’t giggle.
I don’t like the word giggle. No that’s not right. The word is fine, but I would hate my laugh to be described as “giggling”, it just seems so…obnoxious. Like laughing in a bratty way.
Cranberry-esque Cosmopolitan from The Bar Book by Mittie Hellmich
2 oz. citron vodka
3/4 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. cranberry juice cocktail(I reiterate that I used the cocktail, t’would probably be less sweet without)
1 oz. fresh lime juice
Shake all but lemon twist with ice, garnish with lemon twist.
Refreshing factor-not terribly
Balance-despite having more vodka, not terribly alcohol-y
Probably the larger proportion of cranberry juice cocktail made it sweeter. Or perhaps having less Cointreau makes it less sweet since it lacks the bitter orange bite? I don’t know. I don’t think I’ve actually tasted it straight up. Hmm. Things to do.