Freckled Cosmo

I found a new offering from Ocean Spray in the juice aisle the other day and decided immediately that I needed to make a cocktail out of it. The reason I was so drawn to white cranberry & strawberry juice can only be explained by my strong resemblance to the beverage. White cranberries have a pale pinkish hue. Fairer than their deep red cousins and strawberries are freckled. Pale & freckles? Yup. That’s me. Except white cranberries are sweeter than regular ones. I guess the resemblance had to end somewhere.

I decided to tweak my standard cosmopolitan recipe just a bit to create a freckled version that tastes kind of like a grown up strawberry lemonade – with a tart(ish) cranberry kick. And no lemon. But it has that summery kind of vibe to it. Delicious! If you can’t find the white cran/strawberry juice just use regular cranberry juice and muddle a couple of strawberries in when you shake it up. You won’t get the pretty light pink, but the flavor will be close.

Freckled Cosmo
a Bakerlady original
makes 2 cocktails

4 ounces vodka
2 ounces Cointreau (you can also use triple sec)
The juice of one lime (about 1 1/2 oz)
4 ounces white cranberry/strawberry juice
Fresh strawberries (optional)

Combine all ingredients (including the rinds of the lime after juicing) in a large shaker filled 3/4 the way with ice. Shake vigorously about 30 times. Pour into chilled martini glasses and garnish with fresh strawberries.

Hot Monkey

Holy strong drink Batman. I gave this baby a whirl the other night and the next thing I knew I was in a banana tinged daze. No idea where the name comes from aside from the obvious fact that you will act like a monkey after drinking one. And I do mean one. Good luck to you my friend!

Hot Monkey

2 oz. 99 Bananas Schnapps
1 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Vodka

Instructions

Shake all ingredients with ice. Pour into an old fashioned glass. Go bananas!
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