The Speckled Palate
February 13, 2013

The Cocktail Chronicles: Cosmopolitan

The Cocktail Chronicles: Cosmopolitan // The Speckled Palate

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day… and in celebration, I made you a pink drink with a cute raspberry heart-shaped ice cube floating in it. It’s pretty. Just like you.

Valentine’s Day is one of those days that you either love or hate. I feel like there’s no in between on people’s feelings for the February holiday… and that kind of makes me sad. While I wasn’t always the biggest Valentine’s lover — especially during those awkward high school and collegiate years where I didn’t have anybody special in my life — the day has certainly grown on me in my old age. (Ha!)

I always like to do something nice for it, and we have started a tradition of making a lovely meal on the night of Valentine’s instead of hitting one of our favorite restaurants. We save that for the weekend after. Which is why I’ll be making Blackened Sockeye Salmon with Spinach Madeline, Beer Bread and probably a Chocolate Souffle (because Valentine’s isn’t Valentine’s without a souffle!) tomorrow.

Sadly, I will not be making this drink to accompany our dinner.

Here’s the recipe, then our review:

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The Cosmopolitan is a classic cocktail. It has a similar bracing flavor to a Sea Breeze, but the sweet liqueur shows through the bitter juices. Made with vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice and lime juice, this strong drink sips easy.
Recipe type: Drinks
Makes: 1 drink
  • 6 teaspoons vodka
  • 1½ tablespoons Cointreau
  • 1½ tablespoons cranberry juice
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  1. Shake all the ingredients well with ice.
  2. Strain into a large cocktail glass.
  3. Dangle a twist of orange in the drink.


The Cocktail Chronicles: Cosmopolitan // The Speckled PalateCocktail_WhatWeThoughtThis cocktail was a little alcohol-heavy to me (Erin), taste-wise. It was delicious, but I can see how you could get yourself into some major trouble drinking multiple ones of these during the night. I’m sure Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte would be disappointed in me. … And Winston’s thoughts were simple. He wrote, “Girls, girls, girls” in our book. ‘Nuff said.

Cocktail_RatingThree cheers! Pretty good for a one-time drink, but don’t expect to see us sipping one of these throughout the evening.


  1. Eileen

    Valentine’s dinner at home is an absolute necessity, even if it’s frozen pizza or leftovers (which is likely enough…). Battling the crowds of daters is not my cup of tea. But delightful cocktails like this certainly are! 🙂

    • Erin

      I’m glad you’re with us on this, Eileen. I’m not a fan of the crowds of daters, either, and somehow, making our own Valentine’s dinner seems even more fun for the two of us to do since we both love to be in the kitchen. And agreed on delightful cocktails. I’ve gotta figure out what drink I am serving tomorrow with our meal!

  2. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies

    My boyfriend and I always go to a special Indian buffet for Valentines day. The place is never busy and the food is amaaaazing. Before finding this place, I never wanted to go out because it was so busy (and so expensive!) everywhere.

    Your cosmo pictures are SO FREAKING CUTE! I’m far too lazy to ever put the amount of love into my pictures you do with those fancy little heart ice cubes! Adorably worth it

    • Erin

      I love that y’all have a Valentine’s tradition at an Indian buffet! How fun! And how wonderful it is that not only is it never busy, but the food is delish. 🙂 How was it this year?

      And thank you. 🙂 I love the photography part of this, as I am a photographer (albiet a photojournalist and not a food one), and the heart ice cubes were a fun little addition to the cocktail. I just wish I had liked drinking it more!

  3. Natalie

    I LOVE a good cosmo! Some of them can be too strong though, my fave martini is a chocolate martini, so delicious!

    • Erin

      I love that you love a good Cosmo! Do you have a recipe for yours? And ditto on a chocolate martini. You certainly cannot go wrong with one of those!

  4. Heather

    It’s so pretty! I LOVE pretty drinks. I’m strange like that. The heart is so cute!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Heather! I love pretty drinks, too, and I’m glad you loved looking at this one!

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