It’s Friday and time for another round of Drinks and Links! I’m actually hanging out in New York City today. My friends at BHG invited me to team with them and Rebuilding Together to help folks who were affected by Hurricane Sandy this past October.

This particular trip was a site visit to see the area and meet a couple of the homeowners. We will be back in June for the rebuild. It’s such an important cause. I’ll share a bit more next week when I’m back home.

But since it’s Friday, I think a drink is in order! Today I’m mixing up what I like to call “The Perfect Cosmo.” Many cosmos claim to be perfect, and I’m sure a lot of them are, but this one is perfect for me.

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I love a good cosmo, but it’s rare for me to order one out, especially around my little town, because I’m nervous about what I’m going to get. Will it be too strong? Will it be too sweet? Will there be sugar around the rim? (This is a bad thing by the way; never rim a martini glass with sugar for a cosmo.)

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So when I have cosmos, I’m usually making them at home. What I’ve found over the years, and this applies to any martini, is that you must use very good ingredients. Since most martinis are pretty much straight alcohol, this is not the time for cheap vodka. Pay a couple extra bucks for the good stuff. Cointreau, versus an off-brand triple sec (an orange-flavored liqueur) also makes a big difference.

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I don’t want to sound like a snob, but I think when any recipe is comprised of just a few ingredients, you should use the best ingredients possible. A lesson I learned from Ina Garten actually.

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All right, let’s get this drink in our shakers!

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The Perfect Cosmo

Here’s what you’ll need (for one cocktail):

1½ oz citrus vodka
¾ oz Cointreau
¾ oz cranberry juice
½  oz fresh lime juice
Lime cut into wedges
Add the vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

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Delicious, right? I told you! All right, drink in hand, let’s take a look at some fun links from the past two weeks.

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Cheer to these Awesome People:

I wish I made time to read more than I do. If you are an avid reader, you may want to check out this list of the “65 Books You Need to Read in Your 20s

Speaking of drinks, these Pear Vanilla Sparklers from ShutterBean (alcohol optional) look delicious! I can’t wait to give them a try.

A Beautiful Mess launched their iPhone app! I’ve downloaded it, but haven’t had a chance to play around with it yet. It looks so cute! Have you? Are you loving it?

So many new and wonderful albums came out this past week. I love new music. I’m especially loving the latest from Pistol Annies and their current single, “Hush Hush.

 My Writing, Elsewhere:

Over at BHG’s Delish Dish, I made some fabulous Pink Lemonade Cupcakes. Not only are they delicious, but they are as cute as a button!

Yes, hot pink and red can work very nicely together when it comes to home décor.

You know I love color. On Style Spotters I’m exploring my love of lime green in my latest Pin it. Get it!

I created a fun shopping guide based on my winning dream Buick Encore design. Check out how you can add color and luxury to your space!

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Have a fabulous weekend everyone! Can you handle one more photo? It’s probably my favorite.

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Sebastian photo bomb!

Cheers!

The Perfect Cosmo

By Michael Wurm, Jr. Published: May 17, 2013

  • Yield: 1 Cocktail

Author: Michael Wurm, Jr. of Inspired by Charm

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add the vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a lime.
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  • Mimi at

    THANKS for your recipe, Michael; I love it (almost as much as your blog). It’s quite yummy.
    However, in spite of what you say (& I usually bow to your superior hosting knowledge), I DO like the bartenders to rim my glass with sugar if they offer to do so. I LOVE my Cosmos sweet (and even a little less alcohol is fine with me as I don’t like a strong alcohol taste, but the sugar usually takes care of that – oh, and if they want to throw in a cherry or two, fine with me, as long as there’s a lime wedge). I know you’re probably cringing right now, but our differences are what make the world interesting, right? So I’ll take your very delicious Cosmo recipe and make a few tweaks or additions to make it just a little bit sweeter for me (& risk your probably eye roll – I already get it anyway from my daughters & son-in-law). YUM

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Haha! You are too funny Mimi! Whatever way you like it – go for it! Life it too short not have it exactly the way you want it. 🙂 Right? Who cares what I think.

      Cheers friend! xo Michael

      • Mimi at

        I care what you think (and so do the rest of your faithful followers — that’s why we read your blog voraciously). But you’re so right, life’s too short not to have a drink exactly the way you want it (I’m going to remember that line the next time my “kids” sigh when I ask for my Mint Julep, Cosmo, etc sweeter). Oh, and I prefer DESSERT wines, Sherry, Port, or Auslese (the sweetest riesling) with any & everything (haven’t found a red wine I like very much except for Port & red dessert wines)– so, yes, it’s definitely me, not you! I guess I have a very “immature palate” when it comes to alcoholic beverages.

        • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

          Awww. Well, thank you so much. But yes, enjoy things exactly how you like them and make no apologies.

          xo Michael

        • Cris at

          I use Rose’s lime juice instead of fresh lime juice. It is sweet, so you may like it that way better. I would probably prefer it with the unsweetened kind bc I like things a little less sweet. I’ll have to try it

  • Michael at

    One of my all time favorite cocktails…you had me at the title :o)

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes, yes! Mine too!

      xo Michael

  • debbiedoos at

    I am totally going to try this cosmo next bunco group:) We always have a signature drink and this sounds perfect. I totally agree, no cheap vodka LOL! Who wants a headache even after just one. Btw, I love your blog design. These past few months I am on a serious gingham kick and your header is awesome! I also came by to thank you for repinning something of mine..whew, you made my blog blow up, I hope it’s still there in the morning:) XO Thank you Michael.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks a million Debbie! Glad to hear my pin helped! Glad you are loving the design too! Gingham will always be a favorite of mine.

      xo Michael

  • julie at

    Where did you get the shaker? I simply have to have it!!!!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hey Julie! It’s from West Elm. I love it!

      xo Michael

  • Katrina at

    Question, where did you get those martini glasses? They remind me of the Camille wine glasses from Crate and Barrel (aka the “Scandal” glasses). Thanks!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      They are actually from Crate and Barrel but I got them about 4 years ago. I’m not sure if they still make them. I wish they did because I’m always terrified to use them for fear of breaking them. They’re my favorite!

      xo Michael

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