Cosmopolitan Cocktail

Cosmopolitan Cocktail| Vodka Strawberry lemonade

Valentine’s Day

Cosmopolitan Cocktail is my preferred drink usually as it has more juice and I think it suits Valentine’s day to the T. Love, Cupid, hearts, chocolates, cards and flowers are everywhere–it’s Valentine’s Day! On February 14, the world celebrates love and friendship. But where did this holiday of affection originate?

Marketing Gimmick?

It is named after a Christian martyr named Valentine. But somewhere along the way, Valentine’s Day came to represent romance. Buying expensive gifts for that someone special has become popular among love-struck couples. Cashing in on this, gift galleries, luxury watch brands, jewellery makers or hoteliers-everyone has something in store for couples willing to spend a bit to make V-day special. We all know that you can’t buy love but u can pay heavily for it.

This one is to all the singles in the world! Let’s celebrate! Cheers!

Personally, for me, every day should be Valentine’s Day, every hour should be valentine hour, every minute should be valentine minute & every second should be Valentine second. And like any other day, I am loving myself!

I made a Vodka Strawberry Lemonade Cocktail just for ME @self-love

Love for Strawberries

Juicey, Large Strawberries

Strawberries are my favourite because they are diminutive, scarlet, heart shaped, luscious and fresh. While cruising on the Nile in Egypt we were served these unbelievably delicious sweet remarkably large and juicy strawberries. I fell in love again!

Cocktail Snippets

“What IS a cocktail? And the answer simple means; anything mixed together to attain a particular result. But actually, a cocktail is an alcoholic mixed drink, which is either a blend of spirits, or one or more spirits merged with other ingredients like fruit juice, lemonade, flavoured syrup, or cream.

I love Umbrellas and especially the tiny Cocktail umbrella’s placed on drinks.  The first cocktail umbrellas started in China and had hidden scrolls of Chinese newspaper which can be read like fortune cookies. I would love for them to be back again.

 Did you know why we “toast?”

Long long ago the Ancient Romans used to drop a piece of toast into their wine for wellbeing. They would also put the toast in their fellow drinkers’ wines and that’s where the axiom, “to toast”, comes from!

Cosmopolitan Cocktail

The cocktail I made is more or less known as Cosmo. It is a vodka-based cocktail perhaps now popular for being the preferred drink among the characters on the renowned television series Sex and the City. Its epochal place on the show has got its reputation as a girly drink.  I usually make a mocktail avoiding the vodka but since it was Valentine ’s Day, I was just indulging myself. I prefer it for its base of juice rather than the vodka.

Recipe for Cosmopolitan Cocktail

Ingredients

Strawberry & Pomegranate Juice

1 cup fresh strawberries

1/2 cup pomegranate pearls

1 cup sugar

Strawberries cut in heart shape

1 cup water

1 cup lemon juice

 Lemon slices

1 cup water

1 cup vodka (Optional)

Fresh mint for garnish

Ice cubes

Method
Sliced Strawberries

Chop almost all the strawberries for the juice. Slice four strawberries into heart shape for the garnishing. This is for the Valentine’s touch!

Blending Strawberries

In a blender, combine the sugar, water, pomegranate pearls, and strawberries to make a puree.

Strain the juice through a fine mesh, pour into a pitcher and set aside.

Add the lemon juice, water and mint to the strawberry juice. You can muddle the mint before adding to the juice.

In a shaker, pour the juice and the vodka and give it a nice shake.

Fill the glass with ice cubes. Pour the cocktail of strawberry juice over the ice.

Add some more mint, lemon and strawberry slices.

Garnish the edge with a cut strawberry

Your Cosmopolitan Cocktail with Vodka, Strawberry, Lemonade is ready to serve.

Cosmopolitan Cocktail| Vodka Strawberry lemonade
Cosmopolitan Cocktail| Vodka Strawberry lemonade
Cosmopolitan Cocktail| Vodka Strawberry lemonade
Cosmopolitan Cocktail
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Instructions
  1. Chop almost all the strawberries for the juice. Slice, four strawberries into a heart shape for the garnishing. This is for Valentine’s touch!
  2. In a blender, combine the sugar, water, pomegranate pearls, and strawberries to make a puree.
  3. Strain the juice through a fine mesh, pour into a pitcher and set aside.
  4. Add the lemon juice, water and mint to the strawberry juice. You can muddle the mint before adding to the juice.
  5. In a shaker, pour the juice and the vodka and give it a nice shake.
  6. Fill the glass with ice cubes. Pour the cocktail of strawberry juice over the ice.
  7. Add some more mint, lemon and strawberry slices.
  8. Garnish the edge with a cut strawberry and serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

You can just make a mocktail by leaving out the vodka. If you do not like strawberries you can add a juice of your choice. Fill the glass with ice. Don’t be stingy with the ice.

Harjeet Kaur
jeetjinder@gmail.com

My writing was limited to school essays and projects for my kids and out of the blue, my writing career began with writing articles for the magazine section of a reputed national newspaper. I rediscovered my best subject at school and began writing with gusto. I had a weekend column in the newspaper which was well appreciated. I started off writing about Interiors and Gardens and later diverse topics like Fashion, trends, food and events in the city. Juggling my time between various jobs down the years and my writing, I have written content for fliers, brochures for colleges, speeches, social media content and also website content. I love writing and I am open to writing on a plethora of topics. My blog has some interesting insights into my life and travels but now it is mainly a food blog as I am growing organic vegetables and cooking my own produce is very therapeutic. Read my blogs to know me better. I write from my heart and what I write is what I feel... I feel a feel, A funny feel A funny feel, feel I! If you feel the feel I feel You'll feel the same as I!!

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