Shaking Up The Cosmo
Wednesday, 13 December 2006
It’s hard to visit a fine restaurant without seeing a Cosmo. Since the HBO hit “Sex and the City,” the Cosmo has been the rage. In fact, the Cosmo has become a bit of a trendsetter and inspiration. Mixologists at the trendiest eateries outdo themselves looking to create the hippest, most ingenious innovation on this popular drink.
One variation is quickly becoming the toast of the trendy set. It’s the “Constant Comment” Cosmo and it’s showing up at chic bars, holiday parties and everywhere the fashionable crowd can be found. The new cocktail is made with Bigelow® “Constant Comment” tea, sugar, orange juice and vodka.
“This cosmopolitan is the perfect blend of spice, sweet and fun,” says Cindi Bigelow, a third-generation Bigelow family member and Bigelow Tea’s co-president.
Try the recipe for yourself.
“Constant Comment” Cosmo
6 Bigelow® “Constant Comment” tea bags
11/4 cups (310mL) boiling water
1/3 cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons (30mL) sugar
4 ounces (120mL) vodka
1/4 cup (60mL) fresh orange juice
Place Bigelow® “Constant Comment” tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1-1/4 cups boiling water and cinnamon stick, let brew five minutes. Remove tea bags and cinnamon stick, add sugar and stir until it dissolves. Chill.
To make Cosmo, mix 2 ounces of the cooled sweet tea with 1 ounce vodka and 1 tablespoon orange juice in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake well and strain into a martini glass, garnish with a strip of orange zest and cinnamon stick if desired.
Yield: Serves 4. Share with friends!
To the Future!
The hit TV show “Sex and the City,” is now being shown in reruns around the world and seems like it will be around forever. This refreshing new drink might just do the same. Share a “Constant Comment” Cosmo with someone from another generation. If you do, discuss how this drink has roots in the ancient practice of tea drinking and the modern-day, big city. Not many things that bridge generations so gracefully are also so hip and delicious for people to share. Enjoy!