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.
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.)
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.
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.
All right, let’s get this drink in our shakers!
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.
Delicious, right? I told you! All right, drink in hand, let’s take a look at some fun links from the past two weeks.
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.
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!
Have a fabulous weekend everyone! Can you handle one more photo? It’s probably my favorite.
Sebastian photo bomb!
The Perfect Cosmo
By May 17, 2013Published:
- Yield: 1 Cocktail
Author: Michael Wurm, Jr. of Inspired by Charm
- 1 1/2 ounce citrus vodka
- 3/4 ounce cointreau
- 3/4 ounce cranberry juice
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 lime wedged
- 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.
- Cuisine: American