Lushworthy Creations: The Edited Cosmo

For many of us, our introduction to the Cosmopolitan (or Cosmo) was through the HBO sitcom, Sex & The City. The popular, pink drink can easily be spotted on cocktail menus at bars and restaurants across the country.

While the original Cosmopolitan recipe was created by mixologist/author Toby Cecchini in the late 80s, you’ve likely come across a gazillion, tragic recreations of the Cosmo. Which is ironic given that the Cosmopolitan is really a simple cocktail to make. Cecchini’s recipe merely calls for Absolut Citron Vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime juice and Ocean Spray cranberry juice.

Now if I can do a big of bragging, I’ve actually had the honor of indulging in a Cosmopolitan made by Toby Cecchini himself, and it was amazing. His Cosmo was everything a cocktail should be: boozy, impactful, easy on the eyes.

This week, I was pretty set on recreating this classic Cosmopolitan recipe, but in the unkind spirit of quarantine, I didn’t have all the necessary ingredients. And chances are you probably don’t either. So, I introduce to you The Edited Cosmo! A recipe by moi. And below The Edited Cosmo recipe, you’ll also find the recipe to Cecchini’s Cosmopolitan.

The Edited Cosmo

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. Vodka

1.5 oz. Cointreau

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1.5 oz. Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice

2 Dashes Lemon Bitters

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lime peel.

Cosmopolitan

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. Absolut Citron

1 oz. Cointreau

1 oz. fresh lime juice

1 oz. Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice

Lemon peel for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Pack your martini glass with ice cubes to chill. Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake for about 20 seconds. Dispose of the ice cubes in your martini glass. Strain contents of your shaker into your martini glass. Garnish with lemon peel.

Lushworthy Creations: Fresh Citrus Rum Punch

Rum cocktail in a rocks glass garnished with lemon and lime wheel.

Who knew that all it took to have me whipping up new recipes for Lushworthy was a worldwide pandemic? We are living in interesting times, I tell ya. But Lushworthy is all about booze and good times, so enough about all that.

If there’s one thing you should know about me it’s that I’m an absolute rum punch fan. And the great thing about rum punch is there’s sooo many variations on this tropical sip. I actually had a completely different recipe in mind for my rum punch, and I may revisit it at some point, but the rum punch I crafted was my Fresh Citrus Rum Punch. I wanted to create something with ingredients that we all likely have, and I’m pretty sure we’re all stocked up on citrus right about now.

For the Fresh Citrus Rum Punch, I opted for a medley of freshly-squeezed fruit juices: orange, lemon and lime. For my rums, I chose spiced rum and coconut rum. And because this is the Fresh Citrusss Rum Punch, I added a little Cointreau (orange liqueur) as well. Although I have a set recipe for the Fresh Citrus Rum Punch, feel free to play around with the ingredients. Add some freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice, swap out spiced rum for an aged rum, etc.

I really hope you guys enjoy it! Cheers, and please stay safe!

Fresh Citrus Rum Punch

INGREDIENTS

1 oz. Spiced Rum

.5 oz. Coconut Rum

.5 oz. Cointreau

1/3 Cup Freshly-Squeezed Orange Juice

.25 oz. Freshly-Squeezed Lime Juice

.25 oz. Freshly-Squeezed Lemon Juice

DIRECTIONS

Separately squeeze your orange, lime and lemon juice. Pour rums, Cointreau and freshly-squeezed juices in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with lemon and lime peel.

Firecracker Frosé Is Your New Favorite Boozy Slushie, Trust Me

It’s been a minute, but I finally stepped back into the Lushworthy Lab to work on some boozy, new creations this week. First up was my own personal take on the ultra-popular frosé wine cocktail. Although everyone has their own twist on frose’, it typically consists of frozen rosé blended together to make a boozy slushie.

My wine of choice was Little Black Dress Rosé. And I opted to kick things up a notch with the addition of Smirnoff Red White & Berry (a cherry, citrus, and blue raspberry-flavored vodka). That’s how I ended up with the name Firecracker Frosé. Smirnoff Red White & Berry is basically the classic Firecracker popsicle in boozy, liquid form.

Check out my recipe for Firecracker Frosé, below. Cheers! 

INGREDIENTS

1 Bottle Little Black Dress Rosé
Smirnoff Red White & Berry Vodka
Frozen Strawberries
Fresh Lemon Juice
Simple Syrup

DIRECTIONS

Pour Little Black Dress Rosé into an ice cube tray and freeze for at least five to six hours.

Once your rosé ice cubes have solidified, add seven cubes to a blender, along with three frozen strawberries, 1 oz. Smirnoff Red White & Berry, 1/2 tablespoon simple syrup, and 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice. Blend all ingredients together. Pour into a glass and garnish with lemon wheel. (Makes one serving)