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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Linda's Layered Cosmopolitan

by Linda

A perfect late afternoon in the garden.
   I fell in love with Cosmopolitans years ago, mostly likely as I recall, having tried the cocktail after becoming a faithful follower of the adventures of the Sex In The City characters... Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha.
   In due time, I learned to make a Cosmo that I liked just about the best of any that have tried, and my "layered" Cosmopolitan has become one of the standards in my cocktail repertoire. My cocktail uses POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice, and when I am making the classic version of my Cosmo, I use POM blended with cranberry juice.
   Depending on the season and what I or my guests are in the mood for, I will also use Absolut vodka flavored with peach or mango, topped off with one of the other variations of POM Wonderful such as POM Cherry. The POM Wonderful in my recipe cannot be substituted with other brands of juice. Regular juice does not contain enough pigment to create the lovely layering effect that makes this cocktail such a show-stopper to serve to your guests.

Mise-en-place for Linda's version of a modern classic cocktail.
Linda's Layered Cosmopolitan

   When considering cheese as an appetizer, the mind leans towards wine as an ideal pairing. For your next happy hour, try pairing my Cosmopolitan with creamy La Tur cheese. Heaven! Let me know what you think! 

Special Equipment:
A one cup pyrex measuring glass (with ml markings)
Large cocktail shaker

Ingredients for two generous cocktails:
Two fresh and juicy limes
200 mls good quality vodka
150 mls Bols Triple Sec, Cointreau or Grand Marnier Liqueur
Ice cubes
POM Wonderful

1. Juice limes. Place lime juice, vodka and Triple Sec into the cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake vigorously until cocktail mixture is well chilled (about a dozen shakes).
2. Divide cocktail mixture between two martini glasses. To the top of each cocktail pour in a small splash of POM Wonderful. The layers will be created just like magic. Serve immediately.

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