The classic Cosmopolitan cocktail is not only the perfect drink for celebrating with girlfriends but also a great shot to take! The refreshing blend of cranberry juice, vodka, and orange liqueur with a twist of orange and lime is always welcome.
Are you a young adult of the late 90’s? I fall into that category so naturally, that means I have watched the TV show Sex in the City. Don’t lie and tell me that you haven’t seen at least one episode! I’ll let it slide if you haven’t because I know that you have at least heard of the show. My girlfriends and I talked about the individual episodes like we were actually friends with these characters. Imagining our lives were just as crazy, just as sophisticated as these young professionals, and how we all experienced awkward moments with men.
My girlfriends and I talked about the individual episodes like we were actually friends with the characters. Imagining our lives were just as crazy, just as sophisticated as these young professionals, and how we all experienced awkward moments with men.
One thing that always happened during the show was a lunch or dinner gathering of the ladies over cocktails. The Cosmopolitan or “Cosmo” was always the drink of choice. A mixture of simple ingredients yet layered with flavors and very potent at solving whatever issue they were currently having in their life.
Usually served in a martini glass, the pink hue that reflects off the glass is instantly recognized. It will have you craving one of these tart cocktails too. I was immediately drawn to them! Once I started shrinking other classic cocktails such as the Sidecar, and the Paloma, I just knew I had to shrink this female favorite.
If you have never had the pleasure of having one, you should put it on your bucket list and move it to the top! A blend of vodka, tart cranberry juice, sweet orange liqueur, and a hint of lime juice makes a perfect mixture of sweet and tart. It does lean a bit on the tart side so I decided to throw a little more sweetness to it.
A sugar rim fixes this problem easily. I recently added a smoked salt rim to my Bloody Mary and Gin & Tonic Shots to add more flavor and just overall fun! The Cosmopolitan is served with an orange twist, which is a strip of orange zest cut into tiny strips. I zested an orange and added it to the sugar for the rim for the same effect. With a shot, you don’t have time to let the orange zest steep in your cocktail as you sip it. You slam a shot down quickly and you can’t have a chunk of orange peel in your shot. Choking hazard! That is No Bueno for Girl’s Night Out!
Grab your girlfriends, stream Sex in the City, chat about your man problems, and have a great time together. Don’t forget the Cosmopolitan “Cosmo” shots!