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MxMo: Cosmopolis

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“Find a recipe, either new or old, and switch around at least two of the ingredients to sister or cousin ingredients but holding the proportions and some of the ingredients the same. The new recipe should be recognizable as a morph of the old one when viewed side by side”
-Frederic Yarm

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This month’s MxMo pulled me out of retirement (more on that later). I missed the last one and wasn’t gonna let the same thing happen again, especially with Frederic of CocktailVirgin fame (fancy-shmancy writer at large) and big Kahuna to Mixology Monday. I liked this month’s theme a lot. Whenever there’s a chance to take something old and make it new, I’m all over that. I mean. Isn’t that what mixology is all about?

As soon as I read the stipulations of MxMo LXXV I immediately thought of this great video I watched a while back by Nils Boese. So really its a series of videos (ALL IN GERMAN!) where this guy teaches you how to make classic drinks (and how to wear the tightest shirt possible) but every now and then he’ll throw something random (like a Jaeger negroni) and I’ll be feverishly trying to translate it, like an asshole, until I give up. How much are German lessons?

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  • Junipero gin
  • Cointreau
  • Leopold Bros Cranberry liqueur
  • Lime juice

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Not all cranberry juice is created equal. I stay the hell away from any juice from concentrate (aka sour mix) so in this case, I’ve replaced the cranberry juice for liqueur. It works surprisingly well and the one from Leopold Bros is nice and tarty without tasting like syrup.

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Surprising absolutely no one, this drink is pretty damn easy. The idea here is for a pleasant gin cocktail with familiar flavors enhanced by the botanicals in a good gin that vodka just simply doesn’t have, along with the richness of the liqueur. 

1 1/2 oz Junipero gin (or your favorite gin with citrus notes)
-substituted the citron vodka for a dry gin with citrus notes.
1 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz Leopold Bros. cranberry liqueur
-substitutes the cranberry juice
1/2 oz lime juice

Add all these little creatures into your mixing apparatus and turn it into something tasty.
Double strain into a martini glass and garnish with an orange peel, after pressing its oils on top of the drink.

[ Enjoy ]

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To my left are the proportions used for a common Cosmopolitan. In fact, that drink in the back is a 100% legit cosmo… that I’m actually drinking right now… For this specific iteration with the gin, I would advice crankin’ up the lime to 3/4 oz, as it plays better with the liqueurs’ sweetness.

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The Holiday

3 parts apple brandy [ Laird’s ]
1 1/2 parts fresh lemon juice
1 part cranberry juice
1 part ginger liquor
2 bar spoons of grenadine [ avoid the cheap bottled stuff like you would herpes ]
stick of cinnamon.
small handful of cranberries.

I live in Boston. Which means there’s a lot of booze but very little inspiration when it comes to cocktails. In most places it comes down to what flavor of Sam Adams you’ll have or how much cranberry you’d like with your vodka. Enter Stoddard’s Pub.
This place not only looks the part (picture the 1940’s. Without the polio) but has the type of drinks that’d make any pretentious alcoholic with too much time on his hands start a blog. I’m sorry. I’m being too hard on myself; I don’t have that much free time.
Long story short: this was my first drink there. It had everything you’d want to have in a cold night in the fall or winter. So I stole reverse engineered the shit out of it (with science, you guys) so that I could give it to you.

How to:
Take the handful of cranberries and muddle all its fresh juice.
Add all the other ingredients and shake it like a Polaroid.
Double strain [ unless you want to be self-conscious ] into a rocks glass and garnish with some cranberries and a stick of cinnamon.
Pro tip: scrape some cinnamon on top of the drink before serving it.
[ Enjoy ]