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Clear Cosmos

I really enjoy making drinks with my own spin on them. I also love anything I can make in a giant batch and bring to a party. I have a to-go container with a lid that I bring along with me to add a little cheer wherever I’m going. It holds almost a gallon of happy. This is one of my favorite beverages to liven up a get-together. And, since it’s clear, I don’t have to concern myself that someone might spill and ruin carpet or upholstery. Aren’t I a considerate guest?

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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.

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