Friday, 13 September 2013

Cosmopolitan ... Carrie's cocktail of choice

Two parts Carrie Bradshaw, one part New York City. This classy cocktail shrieks great taste and girl time. Starting the night with a Cosmopolitan and a pair of heels can pretty much guarantee you a big time. 

They're easy to make at home, just as long as you've got your cocktail shaker and the best ingredients. In fact, it's the best way to ensure you're getting a premium cocktail. The Cosmopolitan has become such a staple on the bar menu these days that it's not uncommon to run across poorly made ones - where the bartender uses far too much cranberry, cheap triple-sec and lime cordial, or (vomit) sour mix. As with anything - chocolate, cars, husbands - always make sure you get the best. 


1½ shots citrus vodka (vodka made with the addition of lemon and other citrus fruits)
½ shot Cointreau
¾ shot cranberry juice
½ shot lime juice
2 dashes orange bitters
Flamed orange zest


Place all of the ingredients, except for the flamed orange zest, into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Vigorously shake the mixture for 35 seconds and then fine strain into a cocktail glass.

Garnish the drink with the flamed orange zest and then serve immediately.