winter white cosmo

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 Inspired by the holidays, this winter white cosmo is a seasonal take on the classic cosmopolitan.

Simply mix citron vodka with white cranberry juice, cointreau, and a hint of fresh lime.

Traditionally you would serve these in a martini glass, but if you’re too clumsy to hold it properly (like me…) just use one of those chic stemless glasses instead. Pour over ice and no one will know the difference!

Garnish these festive tipples with sugar covered cranberries and sprigs of fragrant mint. For a party, make a big batch in advance and chill until ready to serve.

winter white cosmo
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
For the cocktail
  • 3 oz. citron vodka
  • 1 oz. white cranberry juice
  • ½ oz. cointreau
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
Garnish
  • fresh mint
  • sugar covered cranberries*
  • red toothpicks or wooden skewers
*Substitute with frozen cranberries or raspberries
Instructions
  1. Fill a small glass with ice.
  2. Combine the cocktail ingredients and mix well. Adjust with extra lime or cranberry juice to suit your taste. There should be a fine balance between sweet & tart. Alternatively, you can shake up your ingredients with ice and strain into chilled martini glasses.
  3. For the garnish, skewer mint sprigs and sugar covered cranberries (2) onto a toothpick. Place on the rim of the glass (not in the drink) so that the sugar doesn't melt. Let your guests use it to stir their cocktail. *See note below.
  4. Serve straight away!
Notes
* You might find that toothpicks are too short to balance on the rim of your glass. Substitute with wooden skewers instead. Cut them down to your desired size and proceed with the garnish.

white peach cooler

white peach cooler, glass

Summer has bestowed itself upon us. It’s hot. This is a wonderfully light and refreshing cocktail perfect to sip on while basking in the sun. It’s made from fresh white peaches, peach infused vodka, and a hint of lime.

The great thing about this recipe is that you can make the peach purée in advance. It will keep in the fridge for a couple of days, or you can pop it into the freezer in ice cube trays. Seeking out peach vodka is definitely a must. It really enhances the natural flavor of the white peach (you can always substitute with regular vodka, but it won’t quite taste the same!)

Make a big batch of this cooler for your next barbecue party and you’ll have friends for life.

Now if I could only get that inground pool…

white peaches, ceramic measuring bowl

chopped white peacheswhite peach puree, ceramic measuring bowl

sliced white peaches

white peach cooler
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
Puree:
  • 6 white peaches
  • 1-2 tbsp. of sugar, depending on sweetness
  • ¼ c. water
  • 2 limes
Drink (for 1 person):
  • 1 oz. (2 tbsp.) of peach puree
  • 1 oz. (2 tbsp.) of peach vodka, such as absolut
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • splash of club soda
Garnish:
  • 1 bunch of mint
  • extra limes
Instructions
  1. Wash and pit your peaches. Leave the skin on.
  2. To make the puree, chop up your peaches and pour them into a large pot. Add the sugar, water, and the juice of 2 limes. Simmer over medium heat until the fruit is soft and broken down. This should take about about 20 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
  4. If you want a smooth puree, strain the mixture. This step is optional. Set aside to cool.
  5. Fill a large glass with ice. Stir in your peach puree and vodka. Add a splash of club soda and lime juice, and give it a taste. Adjust to your liking. Garnish with mint and extra lime.
Notes
* This recipe yields enough peach puree for 6-8 drinks. The ingredients above makes 1 drink. * Freeze any extra puree in ice cube trays. Store in freezer bags. They will keep for about 3 months. * If you can't find white peaches, substitute with regular peaches or peach nectar.