I've been thinking about starting this segment for the longest time and well, here's the first of hopefully many more to come. Most of my friends know how obsessed I am with cocktails. Whether it's a party or event, I'm always at the bar, getting my drink, and it's usually always a cosmo. A lot of my friends also know that while I can make a mean cosmo myself, the expert in my family is my dad, who used to be a bartender and bar manager on a cruise ship, so I've always had him making me drinks from scratch at home. So he's going to be a part of this series and we'll be making all kinds of fancy cocktails (and sometimes mocktails as well).
I wanted to start with a basic and my favorite, so I picked a cosmo, but used a fruit substitute. The great thing about cocktails is that you don't have to follow the book, you can just wing it, and long as it tastes fine, you're good. So instead of the store bought cranberry juice, we used a freshly squeezed pomegranate juice instead. I've previously called this drink a cosmogranate but recently a friend called it a cosmomo. So we're confused about the name. Back to using pomegranate juice, my dad has always liked using fresh fruits, and instead of buying orange juice tetra packs, he will still prefer to buy dozens of oranges and squeeze them and make our own juice. And there is an obvious difference in the taste of the cocktail. So if you have a blender at home, make use of it and grind your own fruits!
The brands and makes of what liquor you use doesn't always matter, especially if it's basic spirits like vodka, whisky and the likes, but for a fantastic cocktail, make sure you use liquors that are not the cheapest of the lot, but are at least somewhat in the mid range especially if you plan to have more than 2-3 cocktails. The cheaper the liquor, the higher the hangover and headache! So be warned!
- Vodka (we used Absolut)
- Cointreau (or Triple Sec)
- Shot glass (to measure)
- Cocktail shaker (or you can use a tall glass to mix)
STEP BY STEP PROCESS
- Start by making your pomegranate juice
- Add a shot glass of vodka and Cointreau, each, into the cocktail shaker
- Add the equivalence of 4 shot glasses of the pomegranate juice into the mix
- Squeeze a lemon, shake ingredients and do a taste test, if it's too strong, add more juice, if it's weak, add more liquor
- Add ice cubes and wait st least 2 minutes till it precipitates
- Garnish glasses with pomegranate
- Shake and then pour the drink into your glasses
Images: Roxanne D'souza
Cocktail mixed by: John D'souza