Cuckoo for Cosmos

This cocktail from Federle’s book, Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist, is a classic cosmopolitan.

Per Federle’s suggestion, I paired this book with a cosmopolitan. However, as per usual, I misread an ingredient and did not feel like buying a huge bottle of triple sec. So, to drink along, substitute lemon juice for lime juice and find non-alcoholic triple sec at your local grocery store (it’s small and cheap). I also do not own a shaker, so I chilled all liquids in the fridge overnight then mixed them in a stemless wine glass.

Classic Cosmopolitan includes 2 ounces of vodka, 1 ounce of cranberry juice, 3/4 ounce of lime juice, and 3/4 ounce of triple sec. Combine all liquids in ice shaker. Shake until shaker is freezing, then serve in cocktail glass.

Summer Drink in December

Wow, this is a great drink! I don’t usually drink cocktails because I’m a light weight and I know my weakness for good tasting drinks. My go-to drink is a glass or two of wine or a couple of beers. I never order cocktails knowing it will go straight to my head and a lot of bars tend to over pour, so the drinks are just too strong. If I had used alcoholic triple sec, I’m not sure if I would have enjoyed this drink as much.

The tartness of this drink makes me think of summer. The perfect time to have a cold drink that makes your checks tingle is on a hot summer day. However, I started this journey in December, so I’m enjoying a summer drink in a hot bath or my toasty warm house.

After a quick google search, substitute the vodka with lemonade for a mocktail. If you are able to find non-alcoholic triple sec at your local grocery store, I suggest using it for another flavor profile.

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