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It's all in the Cosmos

A cosmopolitan is the quintessential girlfriend cocktail. It's pink, contains vodka, and is tasty. A good cosmo is like a great tea session with girlfriends. It goes with gossip and long nights. Knowing how to make a good cosmo is a skill of a good host and bartender. Knowing how to drink a few and getting some good secrets is the skill of any woman worth her weight.

Classic Cosmo should be a light pink color and just the right balance of lime juice and cranberry juice.



2 oz Citron Vodka

1 1/2 oz cranberry juice

1 oz orange liqueur

1/2 oz lime juice

Splashes of simple syrup

Recipe: In a shaker with ice, pour vodka, cranberry juice, orange liqueur, and lime juice. I add simple syrup for a little sugar but go with your taste. Some like it sweeter and some like it a little more tart. Shake until cold and pour into a chilled martini glass.

I learned to make a really good cosmo because of practice. My mom loves cosmos so when she wants one I practice the balance of the flavors until I get the perfect pink color and she tastes it. You want someone to first pucker and then nod. It's like you have a harsh first impression then feel refreshed. Of course, as much as I like a classic cocktail, I also have to update it and add in my own twist.

Goth Cosmo


2 oz Citron Vodka

3/4 oz orange liqueur

3/4 oz Creme de Mure

3/4 oz cranberry juice

1/2 oz lemon juice

Dashes of simple syrup

Recipe: In a shaker with ice, pour citron vodka, orange liqueur, creme de mure, cranberry juice, and lemon juice (optional dashes of simple syrup). Shake until cold. Pour into a chilled martini glass.

Yup, I had to goth it up. Adding blackberry liqueur and swapping the lime for lemon juice changes the flavors while maintaining the recipe. I added in fruit and changed the citrus so I reduced the other fruit flavors and increased the simple syrup. The color is a little darker (appropriate) and it is a little less tart. This is my go to because it adds in a little more personality.

So which is right for you? Who knows? They are both delicious and I suggest you try both and then decide.

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