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.

What You Sippin’ On?! – February 2020 Sips

Pretty Fly For A Mai Tai

For those of you who’ve followed Lushworthy since it launched nearly 10 years ago, you may have noticed a dramatic lack of content. Long story short, my past blog posts are in a sort of internet hosting limbo. While the idea of losing nearly a decade’s worth of content is rough, I was planning on revamping the site to make it more personal, but still boozy, so I’m not too bothered.

With that being said, I’d like to introduce “What You Sippin’ On?!”, a new series that will focus on the beer, wine, cocktails and spirits I’ve just discovered, and can personally vouch for. For February’s edition, all of the cocktails can be found at Atlanta bars and restaurants. And I’ll definitely try and highlight a few spots outside of Georgia whenever I can.

The Hilton (Cocktail) – It may be the middle of February, but The Hilton at Old Fourth Ward’s Rina is giving out heavy, beach vibes. I love a good pina colada, not the cringeworthy, pre-made ones that come out of bulky machines, so the combination of Plantation Rum, coconut, pineapple, lime and anessette The Hilton was serving gave me Lushworthy life.

Cream Weaver (Beer) – I’ve been waiting to try Three Taverns’ Cream Weaver for a minute now. And it’s just as good as I hoped! This is precisely the beer you recommend for that friend who “hates beer.” They’ll love it, trust me. My knowledge of beer is still a little meh, so here’s a description of Cream Weaver from the Three Taverns Brewery website: “A tangerine, vanilla and lactose sour ale creating a tart liquid expression of the classic orange creamsicle.” So much yum.

Big Tune (Cocktail) – I’ve been in and out of restaurants so much this month, that I’ve discovered not one, but two restaurants serving up twists on the Old Fashioned. First up is the Big Tune, which can be found at the newly-opened Rock Steady. Keeping to the restaurant’s Afro-Caribbean roots, the Big Tune is made using Havana Club Anejo, Jamaican coffee liqueur and orange bitters. The aged rum paired with the coffee liqueur flaunts a welcome richness, while the orange bitters keep this cocktail from being a little too moody.

Hand holding a cocktail in front of Japanese-inspired decor.
I Got 5 On It

I Got 5 On It (Cocktail) – Just off the Atlanta BeltLine you’ll find another tasty spin on the Old Fashioned. At Hawkers Asian Street Fare, the restaurant offers the I Got 5 On It, a Japanese whisky-based cocktail with lots of flair. In addition to Suntory whisky, there’s Angostura and orange bitters, Five-Spice simple syrup, cherry garnish and an orange twist. While I loved the I Got 5 On It cocktail, I have to give honorable mention to the shrimp curry (Po Po Lo’s Curry) and Pretty Fly For A Mai Tai cocktail. And if you order the Po Po Lo’s Curry, I recommend that you get it extra spicy. It is curry after all!

Antigal Uno Malbec (Wine) – Don’t you just love a great food and wine pairing? I was recently invited to a Galentine’s Dinner at The Shed at Glenwood, and throughout the tasting I switched between a specialty cocktail and Uno Malbec. The cocktail was legit, it was a pink lemonade-inspired marg, but the Uno Malbec paired so well with the dishes we sampled, which ranged from charcuterie to steak. The wine was so rich and buttery, and really elevated each dish.

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)

Backstage With Avion Tequila During Jeezy’s The Cold Summer Tour

I haven’t been to a concert in forever, so I was pretty amped when a rep for Avion tequila invited me to the Atlanta stop for Jeezy’s The Cold Summer Tour. Jeezy made news at the top of this year after selling his stake in Avion, but he still appears to be pretty involved with the brand. During the sold-out concert, the hometown hero put on quite the show, performing classics like “Go Crazy” and “All There.” Prior to the concert, guests of Avion sipped on their Elevated Margarita in the Avion Suite backstage. I love a simple margarita and Avion’s boozy backstage offering was just that. In case you’re interested in recreating the Elevated Margarita at home, I’ve listed the full recipe below. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

2 Parts Avion Silver Or Reposado Tequila
1 Part Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 Part Agave Nectar

DIRECTIONS

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Double strain over fresh ice in a tumbler glass.