The perfect autumn martini
Photo by Andrew Hawley
If you’re a man and reading this, stop right now. We all know only women order Cosmos! Or at least, that’s what Sex and the City has forced us to believe. The Cosmopolitan is still recovering from Carrie Bradshaw, but once the hangover subsides, a clear image of it as a strong yet flavourful fall cocktail should emerge. It also helps give cranberry juice a purpose.
1.5 oz (45 ml) vodka
0.5 oz (15 ml) Cointreau
1.0 oz (30 ml) cranberry juice 0.5 oz
(15ml) lime juice
Add the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a wedge of lime.
Recipes for the Cosmo are varied, ranging from a stiffer 5:1 ratio of vodka and modifying agents to a juicier but more tart mix of nearly equal amounts vodka and cranberry juice. Regarding alcohol brand, you can settle for Smirnoff ($14.30 for 375 ml), but why do that to yourself? I recommend treating your throat to non-burning brands Absolut ($14.55, my preferred choice), Finlandia ($14.30), or Belvedere ($15.95).