We were asked by DeKuyper to come up with a signature cocktail that would be fun to serve during the holidays. Most people think of eggnog or peppermint as their Christmas flavors of choice, but when I think winter... I think citrus! I love the sweet and tangy flavors citrus brings to a drink, and since I am a California girl (by way of New Jersey), I wanted to create a California cosmopolitan cocktail recipe that highlights the relaxed, casual, West Coast lifestyle and would brighten up any holiday party.
California Cosmopolitan Cocktail RecipeIngredients:
1 cup Pinnacle vodka 1/2 cup DeKuyper Triple Sec 1/2 cup orange juice 1/2 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup sanding sugar (for the rim of the glass)
Dampen the rim of your martini glass with a wet paper towel. Dip the rim in sanding sugar to give the glasses some sparkle and the drink a touch of sweetness. I used yellow to complement the color of the cocktail.
Combine vodka, triple sec, orange juice, and lemon juice in a pitcher. You can chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
And for my final garnish, I cut a round slice of orange, removed the juicy orange part, then thinned out the peel with a paring knife. I held it in a tight twist for a few seconds, and let go. It made the prettiest garnish!
What I love about this drink is the sweetness from the Triple Sec mixed with the acidic punch from the orange and lemon juices. It's a nicely balanced cocktail with fun boldness.
Happy Holidays! Let me know if you use this recipe at your holiday party. I'd love to hear what you thought.
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