Thursday 11 February 2016

Classic Cosmopolitan | Weekend Cocktail

This year instead of cutting back on things with my New Year's resolutions, some of them involved taking up something new. One of those was cocktails! I decided I was going to make one or two on a Friday or Saturday, not every week but when we were at home with no weekend plans and wanted to swap our usual wine or craft beer for something a little different. David listens to the Tom Dunne show on Newstalk some evenings when he's working late. On a Thursday night, they make a cocktail and drink and describe it on the show. They all sound amazing! So we started our new endeavour with this classic cocktail - a cosmopolitan. A refreshing cocktail that really gets tastebuds tingling with its mix of fresh lime juice, cranberry, vodka and triple sec. 

I played around with the ingredients in this drink a little. I swapped the usual cointreau for triple sec, a delicious syrupy white, orange flavoured liqueur, wonderful in cocktails or sipped as a digestif. I also substituted Absolute citron vodka for regular vodka which gave this drink a real kick and depth of flavour.

To me though, this cocktail has always looked a little bit girly. Possibly because of its frequent role in SATC! So to try and butch it up a bit I thought I'd use white cranberry juice instead of red. I tried a few places, but couldn't find it anywhere. If anyone knows where white cranberry juice might be available to buy in Dublin I'd love to know for my next one - cheers!

So here's the recipe for my version.

What you'll need:
  • 1½ parts Absolute citron vodka
  • ½ part Triple sec liqueur
  • 1 part cranberry juice
  • ¼ part fresh lime juice
  • Ice
  • Orange zest

How to make it:

Chill your cocktail glasses; either pop them in the freezer for 30 minutes or fill with ice.

Cut a piece of orange zest about the size of your thumb. Wrap it around your finger to curl it and pop it onto the edge of the glass to garnish.

Pour the vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and fresh lime juice into a cocktail shaker with the ice.

Shake well.

Pour through a strainer into your two chilled martini glasses.


  1. They sound fab! Thank God I didn't give up booze for Lent :-D

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