Cosmopolitan – how to make a beautiful cosmo cocktail

Cosmopolitan


1934 Cosmo

1934
Cosmo

Cosmo


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Cosmopolitan

Also known as a “cosmo”. A cocktail I believe gained a massive popularity boost from the Sex & the city series and must have been one of the most popular cocktails world wide, at the time the show was live. The more well known version of a cosmopolitan (cosmo) uses a mix of vodka, cointreau, lime and cranberry and is a IBA official contempoary classic. There are many variations and opinions on how a cosmopolitan should be served, but one thing almost all of them have in common, is the mix of flavours.

Did you know there is a much older version of a cosmopolitan that utilises gin ?

1934

The regular cosmo is broadly know to be a modern cocktail creation, however there is a cosmo recipe also called “Cosmopolitan daisy” which shows in the book “Pioneers of mixing at elite bars 1903-1933” that was published in 1934.

Below you’ll find my take on both versions of a cosmopolitan cocktail. Hope you take the time to create and try both of these recipes. I did make both, and im not in doubt which one is my favourite. The 1934 Cosmopolitan is my preferred serve of a “cosmo”.

If you do, try both versions, then I would love to hear your oppinions about them, in the comments below.

1934 Cosmopolitan

1934


1934 Cosmopolitan

60 ml Gin
25 ml Fresh organic lemon juice
15 ml Raspberry syrup
10 ml Cointreau
Dash orange bitters

Method: Shake with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Orange peel and a cosmo lollipop

Cosmopolitan

Cosmo


Cosmo

30 ml Vodka
30 ml Cointreau or triple sec
40 ml Cranberry juice homemade
10 ml Fresh organic lime juice
Dash orange and mandarin bitters

Method: Shake with ice (except cranberry juice) and fine strain into a chilled glass. Float with cranberry juice
Garnish: Dehydrated orange

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Sustainable straw

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Plastic waste is a popular topic these days. Let’s help mother earth by using alternative straw solutions, enjoy your cocktails with a sustainable straw without compromising your cocktail experience.

Did you know that plastic straws are placed in top 10 of the most common plastic wastes in the world?

Straws; glass, bamboo, plastic, paper, metal. There are many alternatives, so I have made an overview and review of all the sustainable straws. Please take a look and find your favourite sustainable straw for future cocktails.

Paper straws:
Paper straws are common to find pretty cheap, both in your local grocery store and online.
Tip; don’t use paper straws for big cocktails as the straw quickly start to absorb liquid and becomes soft.

Metal straws:
Metal straws can be re-used endless times and can go in the dishwasher.
There are many opinions on metal straws, personally I don’t prefer the feeling of metal in my mouth, but they look classic and are eco-friendly.

Bamboo straws:
Bamboo straws are one of my preferred sustainable straw options. I find them very aesthetic, especially for Tiki cocktails.
Tip; buy bamboo straws with a big diameter for crushed ice cocktails, as I have experienced that the straws with a smaller diameter tend to pick up crushed ice, which blocks the straw.

Glass straws:
My favourite sustainable straw is without a doubt glass straws. Glass straws don’t take colour from the liquids they are served in and they are durable and dishwasher safe. If you take care of them, your straws will last forever! The only minus about using glass straws, is obviously the risk of dropping and breaking them as they are made of glass. Beside that, I find glass straws to be the perfect sustainable / eco friendly straws.


Surfsidesips glass straws

Many of my cocktails are enjoyed with a glass straw from Surfsidesips. I truly recommend this product, and by using (THIS LINK) you get 20% off at checkout.

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The selection of colours, sizes and shapes in the Surfsidesips range, provide you with so many options to find something that fit your needs.

Also take a look at their glass cocktail picks for garnish purposes. I’m a big fan of those as well!

You can feel extra good about your purchase, if you buy these glass straws, because Surfsidesips donates 5% of all sales to the National Save The Sea Turtle Foundation.

Do you have a favorite eco friendly straw of choice ? Tell me about it the comments below.

Below you’ll find five cocktails I have served with a sustainable straw; metal, bamboo and glass.

sustainable straw - beach funk

Beach funk


50 ml pineapple infused rum
25 ml fresh organic lime juice
10 ml demerara syrup
1 bsp passionfruit syrup
Dash angostura bitters (floated)

Method – Shake with ice & double strain into a chilled glass with ice, float with bitters
Garnish – 1/2 lime with rum soaked pineapple – sip with a sustainable straw

sustainable straw - chiliean mango mule

Chilean mango mule


60 ml pisco
30 ml fresh organic lime juice
20 ml mango syrup
Ginger beer

Method – Shake with ice (except ginger beer) double strain into a chilled glass with ice, ginger slices & dehydrated lime. Top with ginger beer
Garnish – None – sip with a sustainable straw


sustainable straw - planters passion

Planters passion

60 ml pineapple infused rum
30 ml fresh organic lime juice
30 ml coconut water
15 ml passionfruit syrup
15 ml sherry
10 ml coconut liqueur

Method: Shake with crushed ice & pour into a chilled glass, top with more crushed ice
Garnish: Pineapple leaves, mint, lime peel and sip with a sustainable straw


sustainable straw - caribbean nuts

Caribbean nuts


60 ml coconut infused rum
30 ml fresh organic lime juice
30 ml coconut water
20 ml pineapple syrup
Dash angostura & vanilla bitters (floated)

Method – Shake with crushed ice & pour into a chilled glass, top with more crushed ice – float bitters
Garnish – Dehydrated pineapple, lime peel, coconut lolly and sip with a sustainable straw

sustainable straw - pink peppy

Pink peppy


45 ml gin infused with butterfly pea flower
10 ml lanique
1 bsp pink peppercorn syrup
Dry tonic

Method – Build in a chilled glass. Add lanique and syrup – stir. Add ice, top with tonic, float with gin.
Garnish – Rose, pink pepper, butterfly pea flowers and sip with a sustainable straw


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January 1st

I hope you had the most wonderful new years eve, and got well into the new year.

Today you might need something up-lifting for your hangovers. Spoil yourself with a delicious cocktail with one of these recipes. Below you´ll find two cocktail recipes for you to try, with syrup which you can make with the left overs of champagne from last night.

I wish you all the best for 2021.


champagne syrup - champ daq

Champ daq

50 ml rum marti plata
25 ml fresh organic lime juice
20 ml champagne syrup homemade
Dash daiquiri bitters

Method: Shake with ice & double strain into a chilled glass with ice

Garnish: Dehydrated pineapple, lime peel & rum/lime/mint lollipop

champagne syrup - fizz of champs

Fizz of champs

50 ml gin BPF infused
25 ml fresh organic lemon juice
20 ml champagne syrup homemade
Sparkling water

Method: Shake with ice & double strain into a chilled glass with ice, top with sparkling water

Garnish: Lemon peel


Champagne syrup

  • 1 part champagne
  • 1 part sugar

Bring champagne to the boil, and let it reduce a little. Take off heat and add sugar. Stir to the sugar is dissolved. Let it chill and it’s ready to use.


Tiki cocktails

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I enjoy crafting Tiki cocktails with all kinds of flavour combinations, as they are vibrant, fresh and fruity. Tiki cocktails are often served over crushed ice, which makes them ice cold and refreshing.

I absolutely love to experiment with Tiki garnish. The term “less-is-more” should not be used whilst garnishing a tiki cocktail. Go wild, have fun and enjoy!

You can use all kinds of spirits for your Tiki cocktails, however Rum is obviously the most used base spirit. In this post, I will display some Tiki recipes with different spirits.


Glass straw

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Tiki cocktails

Tiki cocktails - Thikey
Thikey

50 ml whiskey
30 ml fresh organic lime juice
20 ml whiskey liqueur
20 ml homemade pink grapefruit syrup
Dash abbotts bitters

Method: Shake with crushed ice & pour into a chilled glass topped with more crushed ice
Garnish: Lime peel, dehydrated grapefruit and cinamon stick

Tiki cocktails - Mexican pool
Mexican Pool

60 ml tequila blanco
30 ml fresh organic lime juice
15 ml falernum
15 ml blue curacao
Dash grapefruit bitters

Method: Blend with ice & pour into a chilled glass
Garnish: Dehydrated lime & mint

Tiki cocktails - Contiki
Contiki

60 ml cognac
30 ml fresh organic lime juice
20 ml orgeat
15 ml falernum
Angostura bitters (floated)

Method: Shake with crushed ice & pour into a chilled glass, top with more crushed ice
Garnish: Lime peel, toasted coconut and dehydrated pitahaya

Tiki cocktails - Thunderstorm
Thunderstorm

70 ml rum Bonpland XO
30 ml fresh organic lime juice
20 ml cointreau
15 ml pink grapefruit syrup homemade
10 ml passionfruit syrup
Angostura bitters (floated)

Method: Shake with crushed ice & pour into a chilled glass, top with more crushed ice
Garnish: Dehydrated grapefruit, dehydrated orange & lemon balm

Have you tried to make tiki cocktails with other spirits than rum?

Tell me about your experiences in the comments below.

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