I love entertaining. There is something about having people around my table sharing food and laughter that feels right to me. I grew in a family without a lot of money. My relatives were the same. Visiting each other, making food together (just a little meat and a ton of side dishes and desserts to fill us up), sharing stories and laughter, playing countless games of rook and assembling jigsaw puzzles were my road map for how family came together.
For years I simply made most meals BYOB and the standard drink seemed to be wine. A few non-drinkers stuck with fruit juice, water and tea/coffee, but wine was the first choice for everyone else. When my daughter married, her husband loved exploring unique cocktails. He had the touch - a cocktail palette that really stood out. Somewhere during the last few years I decided I would give cocktails a swirl. If nothing else, I felt it might offer something for my son-in-law and I to connect over, a subject we could discuss.
Some attempts recipes have turned out MEH, and some have been fabulous. I even made an Elderflower Mocktail for my oldest son who is a non-drinker that turned out great. The more I explored, the more fun I started to have. Today I stumbled across a reference to Sex and the City and Carrie's favourite - the Cosmopolitan. I had all the ingredients so decided to give it a whirl. But which recipe?
I'm having so much fun! I think an Espresso Martini might be my next attempt.
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Makes 2 servings
2 oz. 100% cranberry juice (do not use sweetened!)
1 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp Simple syrup or maple syrup**
2 lime wedges
Place the vodka, cranberry juice, Cointreau, lemon juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake 15 seconds until cold. Strain the liquid into a martini glass. Squeeze one lime wedge into each drink and garnish with a lime wheel if desired. Serve