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Here is an elegant Christmas eve cocktail. A bit of cointreau, cranberry juice, vodka and lime and you've got a pretty Christmas ...
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Derrick Schommer : Welcome to Common Man Cocktails, I’m your host Derrick Schommer . Today we’re going to create the Christmas Cosmopolitan and there’s a reason. Tomorrow is Christmas in the United States and abroad because I think it’s always the 25th. We’ve moved up Jesus’ birthday to the 25th from June or wherever it was little fact for you.
Christmas Cosmopolitan, it’s going to have Cointreau, so it’s going to be orangey. It’s going to have - so we got a ½ ounce of cointreau, a ½ ounce of cranberry juice. So we’re just I haven’t crack this open yet. It’s cracked. It’s on. All right, and we’re going to use some Vodka in an ounce of Vodka. That’s going to really just bring on the hit because chestnuts roasting by an open fire and all that.
So we’re also going to put in there a very, very small amount, that’s a teaspoon of lime juice really just to lime it up a little bit. Whatever, that’s what the recipe calls for. That’s what we’re going to do. That’s we’re all about. So I’m going to shake this drink. And so I’ll start by – I’ll just throw in our little, our extreme amount of lime. We throw in like the cointreau and you have a half ounce in here. I might need more cointreau soon. I think this entire thing has been used on this show.
All right we’re going to do, do you think we’ve used cointreau in other places?
Jennifer: You use them in your Margarita’s?
Derrick; I might use them in my Margarita’s every now and then. I change it up. Sometimes I use it in my Margarita. Sometimes I use to -- and sometime I use Grand Marnier. Sometimes I use -- not very often and sometimes I already use it. Some people don’t like it in there. And we’re still trying how to shaft that bottle so we’re going to put an ounce. Let’s see if it goes away. come on.
It’s got a little leftover. So there we go. There’s our, all of our important ingredients right there. It’s very small amount of drink here but that’s okay because it’s going into a cocktail glass. So it’s going to be pink, it’s going to be awesome. Chill your cocktail glass if you can. And if you can’t that means you’ve no electricity and I feel for you.
Jennifer: How are you working for sure?
Derrick: A few laptops. They’re on a power like batteries. They don’t need the electricity to last the show. This is true. You could see one episode and this is the episode you want to see.
There you go. I also wanted to mention because we go so fast and forgets the whole lot. It’s through big thanks so everybody’s in throwing in recipes like I’m getting so many recipes. I don’t even know what to do with myself. Unfortunately because the holidays, they don’t know how to work out. Because not a lot of time yet but we’ve got spring, we’ve got summer. If you haven’t seen it, it doesn’t mean we like doing it or we ignored you. Big long list and I select through to try up with something cool and neat each time. Kind of mix it up, use different brands. Use different types of flavors or cointreau one week and vodka another or both at the same time, who knows. So there you go, that is your Christmas Cosmopolitan.
So one thing I did notice is a lot of floaters in here and so you’re getting a lot of the skin from the outline. Without even a little outline there’s a lot of skin. So if you want something crystal clear, it looks a little more natural. But if you’re into like the very crystal clear style drinks, you could probably run through strainer. I don’t know if I brought a strainer up here. No, I don’t have it. Oh, I do. I do.
Jennifer: Why are you getting the skin?
Derrick: Because when you crush it in the —
Jennifer: You mean the flesh.
Derrick: The flesh, oh there’s a difference. You don’t want to skin you at the flesh. Skin is on the outside. If you get that when you crush it, you crush the way too hard. So yeah, we’re getting a little flesh from the little fleshy parts of it – with little bugs that hold all the juices. So you can use one of these and strain it through here either when you crush, or when you’re actually squeezing it, or you can run through here before you pour it, or run it through there as you pour it. That’s the technique but I made this drink so, I probably would have strained it just for presentation purposes.
That cold is killing me. It smells like skin not like flash but like skin. And I’m thinking more of like orange, not human or either than that. Oddly enough and taste a lot. You definitely taste the lime. I don’t know why. And I soak my chin there. Maybe it’s the flesh. Very orangey, little bitterness from the cranberry which is nice, alcohol hidden pretty well to use as good brand, hide itself well when it needs to. And it’s not like one of those if you’ve -I had some people mentioned peppermint. I think it’s a Christmas Vodka, a Christmas Martini or something like we had like peppermint schnapps in vodka and it was so strong. This is not going to hate you like this. This is much more mild but yet, you could tell us the alcohol in there. Very tasty, classic, a little bitter so there you go slightly bitter. I’m going to slightly bitter on this one.
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