Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday Food for Thought—A Pomegranate Cosmopolitan

Yes, I know. This is so not food.

But today on the Wet Noodle Posse Maureen Hardegree posted her favorite springtime dessert, and the next thing I knew I was thinking, springtime? Hm, maybe it’s time for a cosmopolitan—my favorite springtime cocktail.

Actually, a cosmopolitan is my only favorite cocktail, regardless of the season. Not a big fan of cocktails.

For years I thought it would be terribly elegant to go someplace and order a martini.

A real martini.

The kind with gin and an olive.

Finally, I did.


But I digress. It’s getting to be that time of year when I can dream about sitting on the patio with a couple of friends and sipping cosmopolitans. And that day will come, or so the meteorologists strive to assure.

Back to cosmopolitans.

A traditional cosmo is made with cranberry juice, but I prefer pomegranate because it gives the drink a deeper, richer pink color. Some mixologist say to use a good quality (aka expensive) vodka, but I can’t tell the difference. Some use regular lime juice, but it’s too tart for my taste.

So here’s my recipe.

Pomegranate Cosmopolitan

2 parts vodka
1 part Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 part Rose’s Lime Cordial
1 part pomegranate juice
slice of lime for garnish

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with crushed ice.



If you have a favorite cocktail, please post a comment and share the recipe. Much as I enjoy a good cosmo, I think it's time to expand my repertoire.

Until next time,

Warning: Please don’t drink and drive. If you’re pregnant, please don’t drink at all.


Gillian Layne said...

Ok, um, YUM!

Summer Smiles

I cup pineapple juice
I cup orange juice
1/4 cup cream of coconut
2 shots rum
2 shots triple sec

Shake up together until blended and enjoy!

Otherwise, I like coke and Maker's Mark.

Anonymous said...

I love the look of cocktails – the pomegranate juice is so pretty!

And Gillian's sounds like a lovely tropical smoothie. I bet the colour is gorgeous.

Alas, though, I only like drinks that don't taste like booze. Give me a glass of red wine or some room temp tap water.
I'm such a philistine!


Lee McKenzie said...

Gillian, those Summer Smiles sound delicious! Perfect for sipping on a lounge chair by the pool. Now I just need a chair and a pool.

Lee McKenzie said...

Rachel, wine is my preference, too. And these days there are some great microbrews to be found.