There are as many recipes for Cosmos on the web as there are people to drink them. Here’s my take on creating a Cosmo that goes down easy and allows for plenty of creative tinkering if you like. SPOILER: Secret ingredients ahead!
Drinkhacker’s Perfect Cosmopolitan
1 1/4 oz. vodka
1 oz. cranberry juice
1/2 oz. triple sec
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice (fresh is essential)
1/4 oz. Chambord
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cranberry, lemon or lime twist, or nothing at all.
Chambord makes the drink: A splash of raspberry is just what you need to cut through that sometimes harsh cranberry flavor with some sweetness, plus it keeps the pinkness in the drink. Try it and I promise you’ll get no complaints!
If you want to have fun with it, substitute whatever you’d like for the vodka, particularly any of the fruit-flavored vodkas. Orange vodka is a common choice, but blueberry works well, too. (The photo shows one I made with 267 Vodka Cranberry, as previously reviewed.)