Cocktails the heart of Happy Hour; what is your favorite? A Martini or Manhattan was the choice in the 50’s and 60’s. A Martini was made with gin and dry vermouth and if you choose lots of olives or a twist. The Manhattan a concoction of rye whiskey and sweet vermouth, garnished with a cherry. Or if you prefer the perfect version of a Manhattan with both dry and sweet vermouth mixed with the whiskey. Then came an explosion of cocktails dubbed the Martini. They came in a variety of flavors not to mention the flavored vodkas that trailed behind. The Cosmopolitan was the leader of the pack. A mix of vodka, triple sec, fresh squeezed lime and cranberry juice; shaken into a lovely pink gently gracing a flared cocktail glass. Well, just the thought had me desiring a Cosmopolitan. However, much to my dismay I lacked all of the ingredients. Vodka, check; fresh limes, check; cranberry juice, check; triple sec, no! Yikes, what could I do? I had an orange as well as some simple syrup. Yes, I make simple syrup a mix of sugar and water that I keep in my fridge. I also make my own cranberry/ blueberry juice which is sugar free! So with a few tweaks I made a delicious Cosmo; a delicate pink in color with a bright fresh taste! So as I sipped this luscious drink I thought of my Mommy and made a toast. To you Mom who loved a fine cocktail in her heyday!
Place two cocktail glasses in the freezer to chill
2 ounces vodka I used Smugglers Notch from Vermont . It was rated the number one small batch vodka in the US.
1 ounce fresh squeeze lime juice
1 ounce fresh squeezed orange juice
1 ounce simple syrup ( my recipe is 1/4 c sugar in 1 c boiling water)
Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake for 30 seconds. Pour into your chilled glasses and garnish with a lime wedge if you feel fancy!